The team hasn't confirmed the reports yet, but several sources have reported the Washington Nationals this morning traded Jerry Hairston, Jr. to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for 23 year old left-handed hitting CF Erik Komatsu.
Komatsu has been playing at the Brewers Double-A affiliate this season, putting together a slash line of .294/.393/.416 with six home runs, 40 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 379 plate appearances. He has 44 Ks to 53 walks. In his minor league career, he's played 317 games and hit .310/.398/.449.
This seems like a solid return for 35 year old Hairston, who hit .268/.342/.385 this season for the Nats. The Brewers were in need of a 2B/UTL player since All-Star 2B Rickie Weeks was placed on the D.L. this week.
This leaves the Nationals with just one centerfielder, Rick Ankiel, for the time being. Since they sent Roger Bernadina down yesterday to make room for Chien-Ming Wang, they can't recall him for 10 days without placing someone on the disabled list. Look for the Nats to recall Brian Bixler for his right-handed bat for the time being, but also you'd have to think this only increases the possibility of the Nats acquiring a MLB CF before Sunday's 4:00 pm trade deadline.