Scott Hairston left the game and the Sidewinders didn't think much of it at
"We all figured it was a contusion, he's had some tests done, and we're all a
Hairston hasn't returned to the lineup, and now the Sidewinders aren't
expecting him to for at least another week.
"Hopefully it's nothing major," Hale said Tuesday afternoon on his way to the
park. The Sidewinders had just returned home from Sacramento and Hale was
getting ready to make out his lineup card for Tuesday's game, a lineup card that
would not have Hairston on it.
"It's just a shame, and it's tough for us. Koyie Hill just got called
up, and then Matt Kata got traded, and now Scott goes down, that's our two,
three and five hitters all out of the lineup in about a week. Of all these
guys here, Scott's the only with the most Major League experience, and he was
swinging the bat real well. He'd hit a couple of home runs to right field
in the past couple of games, and that was real exciting, because if he starts
going the other way that's when he really gets into a groove."
The Diamondbacks are going to be extremely cautious with Hairston, one of
their top outfield prospects and Hale agrees with that prognosis.
"With any player these days, they [the organization] put so much money into
them, so there's no reason to push him. He's not able to do any baseball
related activities right now, so we're hoping it will just be another week or so
before he's ready to rock. But it's tough on Scott, because he's such a
competitor, he wants to be playing, and it's tough on us, because we're really
running short handed right now and that's our number three hitter out of the
Hairston was hitting .311 with 16 homers and 40 RBI in 209 at bats with
Tucson this season. The Sidewinders will use a variety of players in left
field while Hairston is out, including Andy Green, Conor Jackson, and Josh Kroeger.
"We won't really know anything for a couple more days," Hale said.