Hairston's Debut Dulled by Injury

Hairston's Debut Dulled by Injury

Kevin Jarvis wasn't the answer, but will Edgar Gonzalez or Dustin Nippert be able to fill the bill? Scott Hairston finally makes it back to the bigs, makes a big play, but that sound you heard was a 'pop.'

INSIDE PITCH
Looking for some added offense, especially from the right side of the plate, the Diamondbacks promoted outfielder Scott Hairston from Triple-A Tucson and outrighted right-hander Kevin Jarvis back to the Pacific Coast League.
Hairston, who had been leading the Sidewinders with a .340 average along with 18 homers and 55 RBIs, went 2-for-4 during a 5-4 victory in 11 innings Monday in Pittsburgh, but left the game in the 10th after slamming into a wall in left field and hurting his right shoulder.
Hairston, trying to make a catch of a Ronny Paulino hit, was replaced by Andy Green and his status for Tuesday in Tampa is uncertain.
"He heard a little bit of a pop," manager Bob Melvin said. "That scared us some, but I think if it was separated, he would have had a little trouble moving his arm. Hopefully, we get a break there."
Melvin said he had planned to use Hairston as Arizona's designated hitter Tuesday against the Devil Rays.
In 2005, Hairston missed the final two months of the season after injuring his left shoulder. He was hit by a pitch and suffered a labrum tear in addition to a shoulder separation.
Hairston, a converted second baseman, had a good spring training, but outfield spots were limited on the Diamondbacks.
"It wasn't easy going back down," he said of not making the team out of spring training. "I told myself, 'Do your best to improve, work on the things to make yourself an everyday big-leaguer.' That's what I'm shooting for. I was just dying to get back."
Said Melvin, "He can hit, no question about that. He's big league-ready to hit."
REPLAY: The Diamondbacks snapped a five-game slide, but had to go to extra innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 in a make-up game that lasted 11 innings at PNC Park. The game was necessary after Arizona's May 11 game in Pittsburgh was postponed due to rain.
Arizona blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth and nearly lost the game in the ninth, when reliever Greg Aquino loaded the bases with no outs after allowing singles to Jack Wilson and Sean Casey and intentionally walking Jason Bay.
But Aquino struck out the side, fanning Jeromy Burnitz, Freddy Sanchez and Jose Castillo in order, all on sliders, and getting out of the jam to help set up Johnny Estrada's game-winning hit in the 11th.
"This was a huge game for us," manager Bob Melvin said. "To end up losing one like that, after a 4-0 lead with what we've been going through, it really could have been devastating."

NOTES, QUOTES
--RHP Kevin Jarvis was outrighted to Triple-A Tucson, but the Diamondbacks still need a starting pitcher to take his place in the rotation on Thursday at Tampa Bay. Triple-A candidates Edgar Gonzalez and Dustin Nippert, both right-handers, were seen as the leading candidates. Jarvis, Arizona's designated long reliever for the past month, allowed eight runs in his first start of the season Saturday at the Texas Rangers and his ERA climbed to 11.91.
--OF Scott Hairston, recalled from Triple-A Tucson, could be sent back to the Pacific Coast League when Arizona makes a roster move to find a starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Devil Rays. He may also be headed for the disabled list after injuring his right shoulder in his first game with the Diamondbacks, when he slammed into an outfield wall Monday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
--SS Craig Counsell sat out Monday's make-up game in Pittsburgh after suffering what the club thinks might have been a mild concussion during a collision with left fielder Luis Gonzalez the day before in a game at the Texas Rangers. Counsell wanted to play Monday, but was held out for precautionary reasons by manager Bob Melvin.
As for the collision with Gonzalez on a high pop fly, which also broke Counsell's sunglasses, he said, "I got hit pretty good. The rest of the game, I was a little foggy."
--The Diamondbacks are 0-7 in their last seven games played in American League stadiums. They make their first ever visit to Tropicana Field on Tuesday for a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
--C Johnny Estrada, who drove in the go-ahead run in Arizona's 5-4 victory in 11 innings over Pittsburgh in a make-up game: "Those are the kind of wins that can catapult a team."
BY THE NUMBERS: 57 -- Home runs hit by Luis Gonzalez in 2001, 26 more than any other season in his career.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't know about troubling. (Kendrick) is trying to protect the game of baseball in his own way. It's unfortunate that I have to sit here to defend myself for no reason. Every time I put the Diamondback uniform, I try to represent them the best I can. I have a commitment to the community to go out there and play hard and do the best I can out there. I know Ken is trying to do the right things. It's unfortunate that this had to come out like this." -- Luis Gonzalez, responding to rumors about players that may have used performance enhancers, which were brought up by Diamondbacks general managing partner E.G. "Ken" Kendrick in the Arizona Republic.

ROSTER REPORT
MEDICAL WATCH:
LHP Terry Mulholland, who had been on the disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow, was activated June 3. He returned to the disabled list June 6 with an inner ear infection.
RHP Juan Cruz was placed on the disabled list with a sore shoulder June 7. He felt some stiffness June 13, and he is scheduled for a bullpen session June 20. He could begin a rehab assignment this week.
OF Scott Hairston was removed from the game June 19 after injuring his right shoulder by running into a wall. The injury was not considered serious, and he may play June 20.
SS Craig Counsell sat out June 19 with a mild concussion.

 

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