J. J. Hardy SS BAL 3 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 4 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 4 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 9 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.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 10 Days

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Hardy will be available off the bench Saturday and should be back in the lineup Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

The skipper confirmed that he is just being cautious with Hardy, who missed two starts earlier this month due to lower-back spasms. Ryan Flaherty will fill in Saturday, but it sounds like Hardy will return to short to face Jeremy Hellickson in Sunday's finale.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 10 Days

Hardy is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rays, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

There has been no word of another flareup with Hardy's back, but something seems amiss considering he's started just three straight games. Perhaps manager Buck Showalter is just being cautious, but either way, Ryan Flaherty draws the start at short Saturday.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 12 Days

Hardy (back) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

A long-term absence was never on the table for Hardy after he left Monday's game with a lower-back spasm. A day out of the lineup was all Hardy needed for the tightness he was experiencing to subside. Assuming no last-minute setbacks with the injury, Hardy should assume close to a full workload at shortstop the rest of the way for the O's.