The Nationals made their first move of trade deadline weekend, sending utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. to the Brewers for minor league outfielder Erik Komatsu, according to a source familiar with the trade.
Hairston was hitting .268/.342/.385 in 75 games for the Nationals, playing third base for a large chunk of the season with Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list. With the Nationals having sent Roger Bernadina to the minors, though, Hairston was one of their only two players who could play center field - and the fact they're down to only Rick Ankiel would suggest they're going to make another deal for a center fielder before tomorrow's deadline.
The 23-year-old Komatsu was hitting .294/.393/.416 for the Brewers' Double-A club in Huntsville, Ala., this season. He stole 28 bases for Single-A Brevard County last season, hitting over .300 while playing in Space Coast Stadium, the Nationals' spring home.
This is the second time in his career Hairston has been dealt at the trade deadline. In 2009, he was traded from Cincinnati to the New York Yankees, where he was part of a World Series championship team.
Update at 12:45 p.m.: The Nationals just announced the trade. Komatsu has been assigned to Double-A Harrisburg, where he'll replace the recently traded Bill Rhinehart.