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Hairston to DL, Ankiel returns

Jul 1, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

The Nationals have placed utilityman Jerry Hairston on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist and activated outfielder Rick Ankiel off the DL to take his roster spot.

Hairston was injured Wednesday evening in Anaheim when he was struck in the wrist by a Dan Haren fastball. Though X-rays revealed the small fracture, he initially expressed hope he could play through it.

The Nationals decided otherwise and placed the 35-year-old on the DL. He’s expected to miss anywhere from two-to-four weeks.

Ankiel returns after a two-week stint on the DL with a sprained wrist. He appeared in two rehab games with Class AAA Syracuse, going 1-for-7 with a double, a walk and two strikeouts.

The veteran hit .204 with one homer and nine RBI in 46 games, starting 38 of them in center field. Roger Bernadina has since taken over as the everyday center fielder and figures to continue getting the bulk of the playing time there.

  1. Tcostant - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Ankiel can start one of the two games Saturday, thats it. Lets go have ourselves a 8-4 homestand.

  2. Tcostant - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Opps – 8-3 homestand!

  3. SonnyG10 - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Go Bernie!!!

  4. sjm308 - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Hoping Gorzo gets up against his former team! We have to start hitting sometime soon, right?

  5. Sec314 - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Ankiel must have illicit photos of Rizzo…. perhaps in a compromosing position with Stairs.

  6. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Hope the day off and some home cookin' will get this team going again. Let's go NATS!!

  7. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Fudge. Wrong thread. Feel better, Jerry. Go get 'em, Rick!

  8. Tcostant - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Sec314@3:38pm, that is the funniest thing I read in weeks. Perfect way to start a weekend.

  9. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    I don't tend to find that meme (compromising photos of whomever) particularly amusing, but that's just me.

  10. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    It'll be Nix not Bernadina on the bench in this go round. Given Nix's injury status. Davey might not like losing his #4 hitter especially after watching a wasted gem by JZimmnn. Putting Ankiel in the lineup probably ensures a repeat performance.

  11. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    I want to hear the story about "Cheeseburger" the reliever?

  12. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Kigore tweets: If there was any question, Davey is sticking with Roger Bernadina in center, using Ankiel as a fourth outfielder

  13. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 1, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    1a, I was just fixin' to call for a moratorium (UH-gain) on that … but if it's making someone happy, I guess I can scroll past it.Even if it is as tired as a chicken.

  14. Bill B - Jul 1, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Ankiel: fourth OFer and late-game defensive replacement in LF when needed. Stairs: a good man with a solid career, but one which, alas, is over.

  15. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Maybe it was a SNL/Olympia Grill thing? …cheeseburger cheeseburger cheeseburger cheeseburger…Anonymous said… I want to hear the story about "Cheeseburger" the reliever? July 1, 2011 4:19 PM

  16. P. Cole - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Mark, I thought Ankiel wason the DL with a strained oblique? Wasn't the sprained wrist an injury from May (his other DL stint)?

  17. Anonymous - Jul 5, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    What was Rizzo thinking? Werth is worthless…not worth $126 million and Riggleman was doing a good job and he was stringing him along! I hsve always supported the Nats, but today, I shopped instead of watching the game!dplatt

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