According to Peter Abraham of the Journal News, utility infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. underwent and MRI earlier today that determined that he has tendinitis in his left wrist, received a cortisone shot and will be day-to-day.
The Yankees dodged a bullet after Hairston left Wednesday’s game in the seventh inning after hearing a pop in his wrist. He initially injured the wrist earlier in the season while he was with the Cincinnati Reds and it has lingered ever since. It has gotten so bad recently that this is actually his second MRI and cortisone shot in the past 10 days.
Hairston has been hot and cold since becoming a Yankee. Over his first 14 games with the Bombers he hit .346 with a .952 OPS, but he came back down to Earth quickly batting .167 in 26 games since August 16. Could that be because of the wrist? Possibly.
What’s more important to note though is that Hairston has been very versatile for the Yankees since they acquired him. He’s played five different positions including short, third, and all three outfield positions, most often he has spelled Alex Rodriguez at third base.
As River Ave Blues points out, he’s been so versatile for the Yankees that if he were not able to play in the playoffs he would literally have to be replaced by two players. So lets say that if he were to miss the playoffs, or even just the first round, the Yankees would have to carry Ramiro Pena as an infielder and probably Freddy Guzman as an outfielder.
So maybe he can’t play both positions at the same time, but he’s probably a better hitter than either and at least as good on defense as both.