WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, will play two extended spring games in Viera, Fla., starting Monday.
If thing go well, Hairston will go to Triple-A Syracuse and start his rehab assignment later in the week. He is expected to play a few games for Syracuse before being activated from the DL.
"It's kind of like how I feel. I'll gradually play more games. If there is something wrong, then they will shut me down and re-evaluate," Hairston said.
Hairston said he is anxious to get back on the field. The last game he played was April 5 against the Braves.
"As a player, you want to get back as soon as you can," Hairston said. "But at the same time, you want to make sure you are ready. The body is going to let you know if you are ready or not."
Livan enjoys time lending help with Nats
WASHINGTON -- Nationals ambassador Livan Hernandez was with the team during this current homestand. Sunday was his last day, and Hernandez hopes to return some time next month.
Hernandez spent most of the time throwing batting practice -- he threw all of his pitches, including his famous curveball -- and gave advice to the pitchers. It's obvious that Hernandez enjoys his time in the district and would like to be with the team more than once a month.
"Maybe during the second half, I could come to Washington more often," Hernandez said. The most important thing is helping the team in any way. Talk to the people about the mental side of the game, talk about pitching, throw with the pitchers.
"I love to give advice to the [pitchers], because this game can get to your head. You must have your mind more relaxed. When you are not doing well, it's hard. When you do well it's hard, too, because you want to be consistent. The Nationals gave me a job, and I do my best."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.