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Hairston to play Saturday vs. Padres

Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. hasn’t been able to play the last three games because of lower back stiffness, however manager Jim Riggleman said that Hairston will be able to start at third base against the Padres on Saturday evening at Petco Park.

Hairston said the back problems occurred when he woke up Tuesday morning. He went to AT&T Park in San Francisco early to get treatment, but his back stiffened up by the middle of the game.

In the fifth inning against the Giants, 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, 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.

Hairston: Nats need Zimmerman

The Nationals’ offense has been missing in action all season. Entering Sunday’s game against the D-backs, Washington has a .231 batting average, which ranks 28th in the Major Leagues and is the No. 1 reason its in fifth place, nine games behind the Phillies in the National League East.

Infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. doesn’t have to think twice as to why the Nationals haven’t been able to hit on a consistent basis. They miss third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has not played in a Major League game since April 9 because of an abdominal strain.

The Nationals are hoping Zimmerman can be activated from the disabled list during the next homestand, which starts June 14th against the Cardinals at Nationals Park.

With Zimmerman back, it would mean Jayson Werth would have protection in the lineup. Manager Jim Riggleman plans to hit Werth second and Zimmerman third.

“When you are missing your best player, that can kind of hurt you a little bit,’ Hairston said. “[Zimmerman] definitely takes the pressure off the hitters. Having that big guy in the lineup really makes a difference. … At the same time, we don’t have him. We just have to find a way to keep scrapping.”

Once Zimmerman returns to the lineup, Hairston will be back on the bench. Hairston has been the primary third baseman during Zimmerman’s absence.

It remains to be seen if Hairston returns to the outfield. Hairston originally signed with the Nationals to platoon with Rick Ankiel in center field.

Nats’ Hairston issued one-game suspension

Major League Baseball issued a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine to Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. for his aggressive actions, which included making contact with umpire Ed Hickox during the bottom of the seventh inning of the team 2-1 victory over the Padres on Friday.

Hairston had been scheduled to serve his suspension Sunday, however, he elected to appeal.

Hairston was not surprised that that he was fined, but expressed disappointed that he was suspended.

“I didn’t push him or shove [Hickox] in any way and the video clearly shows that,” Hairston said. “I don’t know what [MLB was] seeing. It’s as clear as day in the video. I made a strong argument. I thought I was in the right.

“This is the big leagues. You are going to have your ups and downs as far as disagreements with umpires. I respect an umpire. Never have I pushed or shoved an umpire and I never will.”

With Padres left-hander Clayton Richard on the mound and Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa on first base, Hairston called time out. Hickox declined, while Richard threw the pitch. Hairston quickly went back in the batter’s box and flied out to center fielder Cameron Maybin for the second out of the inning.

Instead of running to first base, Hairston argued with Hickox, claiming that Richard was quick pitching him and wasn’t giving him enough time to setup in the batter’s box.

Within seconds, Hickox ejected Hairston and almost hit manager Jim Riggleman in the face accidently as he was waving his arm to indicate that Hairston was out of the game. Hickox was not available for comment.

“I never cussed at him. I pleaded my case. That’s all I did,” Hairston said. “Sometimes, I’m an emotional guy. I’m very high strung. I can be a little bit showy, at times. I guess that is the word. But I never pushed or shoved. The video speaks loud and clear.”

Richard and Hairston were teammates with the Padres last year, and Hairston claims Richard is known to quick-pitch hitters. Hairston said that Richard learned how to pitch that way by watching White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. Richard and Buehrle were teammates in 2008 and ’09.

“I played with Clayton Richard and he quick pitches — big time,” Hairston said after Friday’s game. “He held the ball and I stepped out. As soon as I stepped back in the box, he was coming. You just can’t do that. You have to let the hitter get set.”

Nats’ Hairston ejected from Friday’s game

During Friday’s 2-1 victory over the Padres, Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. was ejected in the bottom of the seventh inning for arguing with home-plate umpire Ed Hickox.

With Padres left-hander Clayton Richard on the mound and Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa on first base, Hairston called time out. Hickox declined, while Richard threw the pitch. Hairston quickly went back in the batter’s box and flied out to center fielder Cameron Maybin for the second out of the inning.

Instead of running to first base, Hairston argued with Hickox, claiming that Richard was quick pitching him and wasn’t giving him enough time to setup in the batter’s box.

Within seconds, Hickox ejected Hairston and almost hit manager Jim Riggleman in the face accidently as he was waving his arm to indicate that Hairston was out of the game. Hickox was not available for comment.

“I played with Clayton Richard and he quick pitches — big time,” Hairston said. “He held the ball and I stepped out. As soon as I stepped back in the box, he was coming. You just can’t do that. You have to let the hitter get set.

“Basically, I asked for help and when I asked for help, I got thrown out. I never cussed at the umpire or anything. I didn’t feel I needed to get thrown out there.”

Riggleman said he knew Hairston would be ejected because he still had the bat in his hand while he was arguing with Hickox.

“I love Jerry. He is a ball of fire,” Riggleman said. “I wanted to get there before he was ejected because when he didn’t run. He was going to get ejected.”

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