If you've ever had shin splints, you know they're extremely painful. They're so painful, that Padres utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. thought he had shin splints the last two months when in fact, he had a broken tibia. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets that news.
Hairston will need at least a month to recover from the injury, meaning his 2010 season is likely done.
Hairston has played all over the field for the Padres this season, starting 53 games at shortstop, 44 at second base, six in the outfield and two at third base. He's hit just .244/.299/.353 with 10 homers and 50 RBI, but he's been a valuable member of the team, if for nothing more than giving manager Bud Black an option when filling out his lineup.
Hairston was signed to a one-year, $2.125 million contract before 2010.
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