Hairston sits out with hamstring injury
Severity of setback for Padres outfielder is unknown
SAN DIEGO -- Padres outfielder Scott Hairston was unavailable on Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
Manager Bud Black said Hairston hurt himself running in to catch a line drive off the bat of Dodgers infielder Blake DeWitt, although Hairston did stay in the game.
"He has a little bit of a nagging hamstring," Black said prior to Sunday's series finale with the Dodgers. "It occurred [Saturday]."
Black also said he will stay away from Hairston as a pinch-hitter despite the presence of a few left-handers in the Dodgers' bullpen. The severity of the injury or how long it might affect Hairston's status is unknown.
"We don't know," Black said. "Those are hard to gauge sometimes." Kyle Blanks, Tony Gwynn, and Will Venable were the starting outfielders on Sunday with Hairston out.
Cabrera back in lineup after day off
SAN DIEGO -- Everth Cabrera's absence in Saturday's game against the Dodgers, one day after he had been reinstated from the disabled list, was merely a formality and not related to the hamstring injury that shelved him for two weeks.
Manager Bud Black said that with the depth of the roster that allows him to occasionally substitute Jerry Hairston Jr. in the middle of the infield, he feels compelled to do so.
"Jerry has done a nice job at shortstop," Black said. "All those guys have done a nice job defensively, [second baseman David Eckstein], Jerry and Everth."
Cabrera was back in the lineup on Sunday for the series finale against the Dodgers and will continue to get the majority of the playing time at that spot. Hairston has made 17 starts at short so far this season.
Bell reaches out, rewards Little Leaguers
SAN DIEGO -- When the parade of Little Leaguers made its way around the warning track a few hours before Sunday's game, as has become tradition at PETCO Park, it's likely that few of the lucky kids expected to have an up-close experience with Padres closer Heath Bell.
That is exactly what happened, however, as Bell stepped out of the Padres' dugout and into the line of young ballplayers, and for good measure, tossed handfuls of bubble gum to the thrilled youngsters.
Manager Bud Black said that type of outreach is normal for Bell.
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.