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09/09/08 12:13 AM ET

Reds activate Hairston from DL

Infielder/outfielder not in Monday's lineup vs. Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Before Monday's game, the Reds activated infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. from the 15-day disabled list.

Hairston had been out since Aug. 20 with a strained right hamstring. But his saga with that injury goes back much further. In fact, the 32-year-old first pulled his hamstring on July 13 vs. the Brewers at Miller Park. He's had two trips to the DL for the same injury.

With most of the Minor League teams' seasons over, there was no chance to give Hairston a rehab assignment. How long will it take for him to get up to speed?

"You've just got to do it," Hairston said. "Right from the first pitch, no excuses."

Hairston was not in manager Dusty Baker's starting lineup on Monday vs. Milwaukee. Appearing as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning during Monday's 5-4 win, he popped out to the shortstop.

"We'll try to break him in slow. He hasn't been on the field for a long time," Baker said. "I'll try to get him in there, the more baseball-ready he gets. He'll tell you he's baseball-ready right now."

With outfielder Chris Dickerson out with an ankle injury, Baker put Corey Patterson in the leadoff spot and playing center field.

In 63 games for the Reds, Hairston entered Monday batting .338 with two homers, 22 RBIs and 15 steals.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.