Hairston, Werth injured, listed as day to day
Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. left Tuesday’s 2-1 victory against the Giants with lower-back spasms. He is listed as day to day.
In the fifth inning, Hairston was in the batter’s box and in pain while swinging the bat. After walking to load the bases, Hairston left the game and was seen walking gingerly into the clubhouse.
Hairston said the back problems occurred when he woke up Tuesday morning. He went to AT&T Park early to get treatment, but his back stiffened up by the middle of the game.
“I must have slept on my back wrong. I woke up pretty stiff. I tried to loosen it. I just couldn’t do it,” Hairston said. “During the game, it got worse and worse.”
Hairston most likely will not play against the Giants on Wednesday afternoon. He hopes to be in the lineup when the Nationals play the Padres on Thursday at Petco Park.
In the other news, right fielder Jayson Werth was a late scratch Tuesday night because of a right ankle injury that he hurt the previous night while chasing a ball near the bullpen mound. He, too, is listed as day to-day.
Werth was able to take batting practice and entered the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. Facing reliever Javier Lopez, Werth grounded out and ran gingerly to first base.