J. J. Hardy SS BAL 5 Days

Hardy is out of the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

Hardy will get another day off, as will many of the regulars, after the O's fell out of contention for the top record in the AL with a loss Thursday. Ryan Flaherty will man short in his absence.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 7 Days

Hardy is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Hardy will take a day off with Ryan Flaherty getting the start at short. Hardy missed five straight starts earlier this month, but there is nothing to suggest that this day off is injury related.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 12 Days

Hardy is not in the lineup Friday against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

Ryan Flaherty will take over at shortstop Friday, as Hardy sits following five straight starts. Hardy missed close to a week due to back issues earlier this month and is just 3-for-his-last-20, but there's been nothing to suggest this is anything more than a routine day off.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 19 Days

Hardy is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

Hardy just missed five starts due to a back issue, so his absence is hardly surprising. He'll be replaced at short by Ryan Flaherty after going 1-for-3 with a walk in Game 1.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 19 Days

Hardy (back) is in the lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

Hardy said earlier Friday morning that he was feeling much better, and he'll return to the lineup for the first time in a week. His return spells the end of Ryan Flaherty's cameo as the starting shortstop.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 19 Days

Hardy (back) believes he can play Friday against the Yankees, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hardy received a cortisone shot in his back earlier in the week and said Friday morning that he's feeling much better. However, he's yet to swing at 100 percent and would like to do so before he makes a final decision. With a doubleheader on tap Friday, Hardy is more likely to play in the first game, as opposed to both.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 22 Days

An MRI taken on Hardy's injured back Tuesday revealed no serious injury, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hardy did receive a cortisone shot in his lower back Tuesday, but he should not miss much more time. Hardy will be evaluated Thursday, and if everything checks out, he could return to action the following day.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 23 Days

Hardy is slated for an MRI on his back Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

Hardy is leaving the team in Boston for the exam of his sore back, which has been ordered up as a precautionary measure more than anything. The Orioles can afford to be without their shortstop with a substantial 9.5-game lead in the American League East, and the hope is that he'll be able to return during Friday's doubleheader against the Yankees. In his stead, Ryan Flaherty is covering short and batting eighth in the order Monday.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 23 Days

Hardy (back) remains out of the lineup Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

Hardy continues to deal with the back spasms that held him out of action Saturday and Sunday. The team has not yet stated whether he'll be available off the bench, but it's a possibility given the fact that he was expected to be available in a reserve role Sunday. In Hardy's absence, Ryan Flaherty will make his third straight start at shortstop.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 24 Days

Hardy won't be in the lineup Sunday due to back spasms, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Hardy apparently felt a flareup in his back while taking batting practice Friday, and will take both Saturday and Sunday off to recover for the stretch run. Hardy will be a key cog down the stretch for the Orioles, so the team will rest him to ensure his health.