J.J. Hardy SS BAL 1 month ago

Hardy hit his fourth homer of the year Wednesday against Texas. The two-run shot represented his only hit in four at-bats.

Between injury and ineffectiveness, this season has been a struggle for Hardy -- his worst campaign in the majors, even worse than his disastrous season with Minnesota in 2010. Never a high-OBP hitter, he's seen that stat crater at .280, while his power has been flaky at best. He does have a pair of homers over the last six games, but with the way Hardy's scuffled, it's much too early to call this a power surge.

J.J. Hardy SS BAL 2 months ago

Hardy (oblique) is back in the lineup hitting eighth Friday against the Indians.

This was anticipated Thursday when he was available off the bench but not in the lineup. The Orioles seem to have dodged a scare here with Hardy, as he will not end up missing much time with the oblique injury. The O's may still opt to give him a day off here and there in the short term, but Hardy's owners can expect to see him in the lineup more often than not going forward.

J.J. Hardy SS BAL 2 months ago

Hardy (oblique) is not in Thursday's lineup but he might be available off the bench and could get the start Friday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

It sounds like there is a good chance Hardy returns to the lineup Friday, so the Orioles appear to have dodged a bullet where he is concerned. Everth Cabrera will get the start at shortstop Thursday.

J.J. Hardy SS BAL 2 months ago

Hardy (oblique) remains out of the lineup Wednesday.

An MRI taken on Hardy's injured oblique came back negative, but he is still not feeling good enough to get back in the lineup. Ryan Flaherty will get the start at shortstop Wednesday in Hardy's place.

J.J. Hardy SS BAL 2 months ago

Hardy's MRI on his oblique came back clean Tuesday and he is considered day-to-day, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo Encina reports.

Even with the clean MRI, it was reported that Hardy was unlikely to play in Wednesday's game, which makes sense given the nature of the injury. The Orioles will want to make sure he's close to 100 percent before they bring him back. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera would be the likely replacement options at shortstop if Hardy misses further time.

J.J. Hardy SS BAL 2 months ago

Hardy (oblique) will likely be held out of Wednesday's game, MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli reports.

Hardy was scheduled to have an MRI Tuesday evening, but those results are not yet known. It is possible that he is in line to miss an extended period of time with the oblique injury. Ryan Flaherty got the start at shortstop Tuesday.

J.J. Hardy SS BAL 2 months ago

Hardy (oblique) had an MRI on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Hardy said the soreness in his left side feels similar to an oblique strain that caused him to miss 25 games in 2011. While there's no need to jump to any conclusions regarding an extended absence, Hardy won't be in Tuesday's lineup against the Astros, and he's a candidate to land on the disabled list.

J.J. Hardy SS BAL 2 months ago

Hardy was held out of Monday's lineup against the Astros due to irritation he's been experiencing on his left side, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hardy didn't take batting practice Monday as a result of the injury, though he was spotted fielding grounders. It doesn't sound like the Orioles are calling Hardy more than day-to-day at this time, but the shortstop expressed concern that he could be out for more than game or two due to his previous issues with his left oblique in 2011. Everth Cabrera will take Hardy's spot in the lineup while the Orioles look to determine the full extent of the injury.

J.J. Hardy SS BAL 2 months ago

Hardy is out of the lineup Monday against the Astros, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

Hardy is hitting just .190 this season and is getting Monday off after eight straight starts. This appears to be unrelated to the back injury that forced him out of a game last week. Everth Cabrera gets the start at shortstop instead.

J.J. Hardy SS BAL 2 months ago

Hardy, who left Monday's game with a back injury but will play Tuesday, feels he is managing his back issues much better than he did last season, Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Back injuries cost Hardy roughly a week's worth of action two separate times last season, but the back issue that knocked him out of Monday's game did not require him sitting out even a full game, which is proof enough that he is keeping his back in better shape than he did a year ago. The back soreness could pop up again at some point this season, but -- depending on the severity, of course -- it should not require a lengthy absence like it did in 2014.