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Jerry Hairston Jr. reconsidering retirement plans

Jerry Hairston Jr. reconsidering retirement plans
Jerry Hairston Jr. says he might not retire after the 2013 season, even if the Dodgers win the World Series.
(Christina House / For The Times)

PHOENIX — Even if the Dodgers win the World Series, this season might not be Jerry Hairston Jr.’s last.

Recalling his declaration last month that he would retire at the end of the season if the Dodgers won the championship, Hairston said, “I was just coming off of hip surgery and, really, I was more excited about the opportunity of winning.”

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“Would I trade a World Series for retirement? Absolutely.”

But the 36-year-old utilityman said he would wait until the season ended to make a decision.

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“Why not?” Hairston said. “It’s February. A lot can happen, really, in a year.”

Hairston, whose 2012 season was ended by the hip operation, said he is working out without any restrictions.

“I’m not limited at all,” he said. “I just want to make sure I build slowly. It’s a long spring training.”

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