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.