Tony Gwynn Jr. activated by Padres

Updated: September 13, 2010, 8:46 PM ET
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DENVER -- The San Diego Padres activated outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. from the 15-day disabled list before the start of a three-game series in Colorado on Monday.

Gwynn missed 23 games with a broken bone in his right hand. San Diego manager Bud Black says Gwynn will be limited to a late-inning defensive replacement for now.

Gwynn is hitting .212 with 17 stolen bases in 103 games this season.

While the Padres welcomed back Gwynn, they had to scratch outfielder Scott Hairston from the lineup against the Rockies with a sore left shoulder.

Chris Denorfia took Hairston's place in the lineup.

Hairston was slated to play left field and bat seventh when the Padres opened a crucial three-game series at Colorado, but he aggravated his shoulder during batting practice. Aaron Cunningham has been moved from center field to left, and Denorfia will play center.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.