J. J. Hardy SS BAL 3 Hrs

Hardy (back) hopes to return to action Tuesday versus the Twins, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

After Tuesday's early departure, Hardy relayed that his back was tight but didn't lock up, an ailment that forced six absences in a seven-game span in early April of this season. He should be considered day-to-day, but even if he isn't in the lineup Tuesday, he should be back in short order.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 4 Hrs

Hardy was removed from Monday's game against the Twins in the eighth inning due to a lower back spasm.

Hardy finished the day 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and one run scored, and as an exchange, Ryan Flaherty entered to cover shortstop. Because the extent of the injury is unclear, consider Hardy day-to-day for the time being.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 9 Hrs

Hardy hit a grand slam in Baltimore's 12-8 win over Minnesota on Sunday.

Hardy took Anthony Swarzak deep with the bases full in the bottom of the sixth inning. Following Sunday's performance, the shortstop is now slashing .282/.319/.395 with nine home runs and 50 RBI on the year.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 16 Days

Hardy went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Indians.

Hardy doubled in the fourth then plated Baltimore's only run with his single in the eighth. His thumb did not appear to have a negative impact on his hitting after missing Tuesday's and Wednesday's games.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 17 Days

Hardy (thumb) is back in the lineup Friday against the Indians, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

The thumb sprain cost Hardy a third straight start Wednesday, but he intimated that he was feeling much better and evidently Thursday's off day provided the necessary maintenance for him to return to the lineup. He'll draw a tough assignment in his return, Indians ace right-hander Corey Kluber.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 19 Days

Though Hardy (thumb) remained out of the lineup Wednesday, he indicated his thumb was feeling much better, MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports.

Hardy will set his sights on a return to the lineup at some point during the club's weekend series in Cleveland. His return would be a especially important development, after Manny Machado was placed on the 15-day DL, challenging the team's depth on the left side of the infield.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 20 Days

Hardy's MRI Tuesday revealed a sprained left thumb, and he will be held out of the lineup Wednesday and Thursday, with the hope that he can return this weekend, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

Ryan Flaherty will presumably man shortstop for the next couple days while Hardy rests up. It's been an extremely disappointing season for Hardy, who is has just six home runs in 108 games. He's typically been among the MLB leaders in homers among shortstops, but his isolated power sits at a career-low .105, compared to .170 last season when he bashed 25 long balls.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 20 Days

Hardy had an MRI performed on his left thumb Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

Hardy was held to the pine both Sunday and Monday following an initial diagnosis of a sprained thumb, and the severity of the injury should be confirmed in the near future. As long as he's sidelined, Ryan Flaherty will be the everyday shortstop for the Orioles.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 21 Days

Manager Buck Showalter is optimistic that Hardy (thumb) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

Hardy himself said that his sprained left thumb hadn't improved from its state Sunday, so some skepticism should accompany Showalter's comments. Continue to consider Hardy day-to-day, with Ryan Flaherty filling in at shortstop in the meantime.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 21 Days

Hardy (thumb) remains out of the lineup Monday versus the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

Although X-rays were returned negative Sunday on his sprained left thumb, Hardy relayed that the ailment has yet to improve, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. Consider him day-to-day for now, while Ryan Flaherty mans shortstop for a second consecutive game.