SAN FRANCISCO — Music blaring through his headphones, Scott Hairston on Wednesday walked into the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse at SBC Park and glanced at the lineup card on the wall.
For the third straight day, his name was on it. Manager Bob Brenly started the rookie at second base to rest Chad Tracy and get another right-handed hitter in the lineup against San Francisco southpaw Kirk Rueter.
Starting second baseman Matt Kata, who missed two games with a jammed finger on his right hand, returned to start at third in Tracy’s place.
“It feels great,” Hairston said. “I know (Brenly) is going to give everyone here a chance — that’s the kind of manager he is. He’ll keep playing you if you produce.”
Statistics alone indicate only modest production from Hairston, who on May 17 was recalled from Class AAA Tucson for a second time this year. Entering Wednesday’s play, he was batting .167 (2-for-12).
However, both hits, a home run at Florida on Monday and a triple at San Francisco on Tuesday, came in his two previous starts.
“The numbers might not show it, but I think Scott has put together some good at-bats for his first go-round in the majors,” Brenly said. “He’s gotten some good contact on balls.”
On Wednesday, Hairston singled in his first two at-bats.
During his most recent stint in Tucson, Hairston began seeing action in the outfield. For the time being, Arizona considers him an infielder, but Hairston will still field some balls in the outfield during batting practice.
After committing eight errors in his first 15 games, Tracy has none in his last 15 contests. Just don’t bring that up with him.
“I haven’t thought about it,” Tracy said. “I don’t even like talking about it because that can put things in the back of your head.”
His last error was on May 9 against Philadelphia. Soon afterward, Tracy spent time before a game at Bank One Ballpark working with bench coach Robin Yount on getting a more comfortable throwing motion.
After Tracy came up from the minors in April, D-Backs coaches suggested he use a more overhand throw to help keep his left shoulder on his target. That caused him to overthink, Brenly said.
Yount helped Tracy go back to a lower, more familiar throwing motion.
“Since then, his throws have been great, and he’s played outstanding,” Brenly said. “He doesn’t look like he’s thinking any more. We want him to do what’s comfortable while still keeping his left shoulder on the target.”
Richie Sexson will get a second opinion on his left shoulder next Wednesday from Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., Brenly said.
D-Backs team physician Michael Lee has recommended that Sexson have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum.. . .
Pitcher Shane Reynolds (right rotator cuff) gave up three hits and a run with a walk and a strikeout in two innings of his first rehabilitation start for Class AA El Paso at Midland.. . .
The first 30,000 fans at the D-Backs’ game against Los Angeles on June 5 at BOB will receive a DVD of Fox Sports Net Arizona’s broadcast of Randy Johnson’s perfect game at Atlanta on May 18.
The contest is commercial-free. A stamped autograph of Johnson’s is on the DVD’s sleeve.