Well, it’s about time. The oft-injured outfielder finally made his Spring Training debut, starting in center field, and take three hitless trips to the plate. Even though Scott Hairston was projected to back-up center for Andres Torres, it appears as though Torres will not be ready for the opener, thus paving way for the oblique-injury-free Hairston to take his spot.
Even though it seemed as if Hairston would start the season on the disabled list–and even be out for awhile–the outfielder shared a more positive outlook with beat reporter, Anthony DiComo:
“I always envisioned starting the year with the team. I wanted to do that. I wanted to think that way. I didn’t want to think negatively. I feel great now, and Opening Day seems like a really good possibility.”
Let’s hope Hairston will be a productive stop-gap until Torres is healthy enough to start.