J. J. Hardy SS BAL 5 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 6 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 11 Days

Hardy (thumb) had X-rays done Sunday that came back negative, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Hardy apparently was set to play Sunday before he was scratched, and the X-rays were taken as a precaution. He is officially listed as day-to-day, and should be back in the lineup within the next couple days.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 11 Days

Hardy was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday with a sprained left thumb.

Hardy was replaced in the lineup by Jonathan Schoop, who entered the lineup at second while Ryan Flaherty shifted over to shortstop. The 31 year-old is currently considered day-to-day because of the injury, but the team will likely discuss the severity of his injury in th enear future.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 12 Days

Hardy went 2-for-3 with a couple of home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 12-2 drubbing of the Cardinals.

After smashing 77 homers during the past three seasons for the Orioles, Hardy has certainly been a bit disappointing at the plate so far in 2014. However, the two-time All Star seems to be heating up here in the early days of August. Over his last five games, Hardy has gone 9-for-19 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBI.