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Brewers' Hairston gaining regular role

Brewers' Hairston gaining regular role

Brewers' Hairston gaining regular role
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are searching for production at second base while waiting for Rickie Weeks' left ankle to heal, and it appears the latest opportunity belongs to Jerry Hairston Jr.

Hairston, hitting just .182 (6-for-33) in his first 12 games since a trade from the Nationals, started a second straight game against a right-handed pitcher on Wednesday. He got the nod at second base over slumping switch-hitter Felipe Lopez.

"When I see good games out of [Hairston], I want to put him out there," Roenicke said. "I don't want to say he's going to be there for a week or something. As long as I see things that I like and the coaches are liking him, yeah, [he will play]."

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Lopez is 8-for-42 since joining the Brewers with no extra-base hits. It's not for lack of opportunity; he started four straight games after the trade and nine of the Brewers' first 10 games after his arrival.

Hairston, despite his forgettable batting average, has impressed his new coaches. He's proven to be a "plus" defender in the outfield, Roenicke said, and has been adequate at second base.

"He's got energy that I like," Roenicke said.

As for Weeks, "He's got a ways to go," Roenicke said. "There's a big difference between swinging a bat, swinging off a tee, catching ground balls coming at you, and really having to run and make breaks. He's doing great, but there's still a ways to go."

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