Jerry Hairston could miss 2-4 weeks with broken bone in wrist

Nationals team doctors believe utility player Jerry Hairston will miss two to four weeks with a broken bone in his wrist, suffered in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss when Angels pitcher Dan Haren hit him with a 91-mph fastball.

Hairston believes the layoff will be shorter — he even said Wednesday he hoped to play with the small fracture. Still, the injury will necessitate a trip to the disabled list, leaving the Nationals without a versatile bench player.

The Nationals could replace Hairston with outfielder Rick Ankiel, who is rehabbing a strained muscle in his rib cage. Wednesday, Ankiel went 1 for 4 with a double for Class AAA Syracuse. Thursday was a scheduled day off in Ankiel’s rehab.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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