Jerry Hairston suffered a “small break” to a bone in his right wrist during the Nationals’ 1-0 loss Wednesday afternoon, an injury he hopes to play through and one he blamed on the 4 p.m. start time and early-evening shadows in Anaheim.
In the fifth inning, Angels starter Dan Haren threw an inside two-seam fastball that bored inside, toward Hairston. He had started to swing and, unable to pick the ball up in the shadows criss-crossing the diamond, let the ball drill him right where hand meets wrist. He writhed in pain, even falling to the ground in front of the Nationals dugout, before he left.
Hairston had an X-ray done after the game, which revealed the small break. He wore a gauzy wrap on his right wrist, hand and forearm. He planned to visit a doctor Thursday to determine if he could play with the injury without spending time on the disabled list.
“We’ll see if I can play with it,” Hairston said. “I’m definitely going to try to. There’s no question so we’ll see. I know it’s going to be sore the next couple days for sure. Only good thing is it’s my top hand, it’s not my bottom hand. Bottom hand, there’s no way to swing the bat but we’ll see if I can do it. Maybe it’s one of those things where I can tape it up really good.”
Hairston also blasted the start time of the game, saying the shadows created a dangerous atmosphere for hitters.
“Somebody’s going to get really, really hurt,” Hairston said. “He could have hit my head. Really difficult to pick up the ball, so it’s going to take something serious to change. I’ve got a broken wrist. It could have been way worse. What if he hit me in the face? It’s just terrible. It’s irresponsible. Maybe they think they draw another 5,000 or so, I don’t know, it’s just terrible. The pitchers at this level are too good.”
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