J. J. Hardy SS BAL 6 Days

J.J. Hardy (back) has returned to the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

Hardy was forced to miss six of the last seven games due to the back ailment, but has reported significant improvement the past few days. He's 5-for-15 (.333) with no extra-base hits in the four games he's played thus far.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 7 Days

J.J. Hardy (back) expects to be back in the Orioles' lineup Saturday.

Hardy isn't starting Friday for the sixth time in the last seven games, but he took some grounders pre-game and is slated to take batting practice, as well. As long as he doesn't have a setback, he should be back in there against Drew Hutchison and the Blue Jays on Saturday.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 7 Days

J.J. Hardy (back) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Friday.

Hardy had been hoping to return Friday, but he's now missed six of the last seven games (with an off day mixed in) due to stiffness in his back. There's been no indication that a trip to the disabled list is a possibility, but obviously Hardy will have to show some improvement soon.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 9 Days

J.J. Hardy (back) is out of the Orioles' starting lineup again on Wednesday against the Yankees.

Hardy has now missed four straight games with stiffness in his back. He is aiming to return to action Friday, after Thursday's scheduled team off day. Ryan Flaherty will start at shortstop and Steve Lombardozzi will play second base Wednesday night against the Yanks.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 10 Days

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that J.J. Hardy (back) could be an option off the bench Tuesday.

Hardy is out of the lineup for a third straight day with back stiffness, but he's feeling a lot better. Look for him to return to the lineup Wednesday.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 10 Days

J.J. Hardy (back) is out of the Orioles' lineup again Tuesday against the Yankees.

Hardy is currently dealing with back stiffness and this is the third straight game he has missed. Ryan Flaherty will fill in at shortstop once again.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 11 Days

J.J. Hardy (back) is not in the Orioles' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Yankees.

Hardy was a late scratch from Sunday's series-finale against Detroit because of back stiffness. He was feeling better Monday morning, but the O's won't chance it. Ryan Flaherty is starting at shortstop in New York.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 12 Days

J.J. Hardy, who was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup due to back spasms, still isn't feeling better and is unlikely to play on Monday.

No tests have been scheduled yet, but with a short turnaround before Monday's day game, it's very difficult to envision him playing. Ryan Flaherty, who started in his place on Sunday, would likely get the call again on Monday.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 14 Days

J.J. Hardy is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday due to neck spasms.

He tweaked the neck on a couple plays during Thursday's game and also slept funny on the plane to Detroit. It doesn't sound like a major deal, but the Orioles want to make sure it doesn't turn into a bigger injury. Ryan Flaherty is handling shortstop while Hardy is out.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 1 Month

J.J. Hardy said his agent hasn't discussed a contract extension with Baltimore in 17 days.

It's not like he's paying close attention or anything. Hardy is set to hit free agency after this season, but the O's would like to lock him up long-term. The 31-year-old is coming off a season in which he seized Silver Slugger and Gold Glove honors. It won't be cheap to procure his Herbie Hancock.