Hairston returning to Mets
January, 5, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Hairston's inaugural season with the Mets ended Aug. 23 when he suffered a left oblique strain in Philadelphia.
Hairston, 31, should be the primary righty-hitting backup behind starters Jason Bay, Andres Torres and Lucas Duda. He manned all three outfield positions last season, with 11 starts in right field, eight in center field and four in left field.
The Mets currently have lefty hitters Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen as well as right-hitting Vinny Rottino as fifth-outfielder candidates.