Padres' Hairston Jr. optimistic after throwing

BY foxsports • September 10, 2010

Padres infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. threw for the first time since going on the disabled list and said he's optimistic about getting back on the field.

Hairston was pleased after making 30-40 throws at about 80 percent velocity.

''I wouldn't be smiling, believe me,'' Hairston said. ''I can't hide my emotions. If I didn't feel good, I'd probably be sulking somewhere right now. It felt pretty good. I'm a little bit shocked, to be honest with you, but it's a good thing.

''When you're young, you heal fast, right?'' the 34-year-old joked.

He's eligible to be activated on Sunday.

A key contributor for the NL West-leading Padres, Hairston has been on the DL with a sprained right elbow since Aug. 28. Thursday was the first time he picked up a ball since going on the DL.

''I've never had arm problems before in my life, and I've been throwing since I was probably 2 years old,'' he said. ''To have this issue come up, I was a little bit surprised. But I guess when you play a long time, not just up in the big leagues, but when you've been playing since Little League, high school, whatever, sometimes the unusual arises. I'm hoping it's past me and we'll be careful with it and hopeful I'll be ready to go.''

Hairston filled in at shortstop while Everth Cabrera was on the DL twice, and at second base when David Eckstein was hurt.

Hairston is hitting .249 with 10 homers and 50 RBIs.

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