Hairston feeling better

Hairston feeling better

SAN DIEGO -- Third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. didn't start on Thursday against the Padres because of lower back spasms, but was able to take batting practice and expects to play on Friday.

Hairston said he feels much better than he did the previous two days. In the fifth inning on Tuesday against the Giants, Hairston was in the batter's box and in pain while swinging the bat. After walking to load the bases, Hairston left the game and was seen walking gingerly into the clubhouse.

Hairston said the back problems occurred when he woke up on Tuesday morning. He went to AT&T Park early to get treatment, but his back stiffened up by the middle of the game.