LOS ANGELES -- San Diego Padres infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. is going back on the disabled list, barely a week after he came off it.
Hairston, a key contributor for the Padres in their bid to win the NL West title, has a stress fracture of his right tibia and he will be out four-to-six weeks.
Hairston came off the 15-day DL on Sept. 12 after having a strained right elbow.
He said if the Padres advance to the NL championship series he might try to play.
Hairston is hitting .249 with a career high-tying 10 home runs and a career-best 50 RBIs. He filled in while shortstop Everth Cabrera and then second baseman David Eckstein served stints on the DL.