J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
2 days ago

Hardy is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy continues to scuffle at the plate to begin the season and will get a breather Sunday as the Orioles face off against Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays. Paul Janish, who had his contract selected Sunday, will draw the start at shortstop.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
1 week ago

Hardy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Orioles will give the veteran shortstop a breather in the series finale, allowing him to effectively rest for two days with Baltimore off the schedule Monday. Ryan Flaherty will check in for Hardy at shortstop and bat eighth in the order.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
3 weeks ago

Hardy said he has "no excuse" for his poor start to the campaign, and he's a bit perplexed on how to fix it, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy's hitting just .207/.240/.272 with 19 strikeouts through 97 plate appearances so far. The shortstop's .250 BABIP -- well below his .280 career average -- suggests he's been a bit unlucky, although Hardy's 29.8 hard-contact percentage is down from last year's career-best 34.6 percent mark. The good news is that slow starts are nothing new for the veteran. Over 13 MLB seasons combined, Hardy's .220 batting average in the opening month is nearly 30 points lower than any other month. At age 34, owners shouldn't expect spectacular numbers from him, but Hardy should turn things around and offer decent production valuable for those in deep formats.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
4 weeks ago

Hardy is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy went hitless in each of his last three games, so he'll head to the bench for a night off. Ryan Flaherty will pick up a start at shortstop in his stead.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
1 month ago

Hardy went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI in Thursday's road victory over the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

The shortstop has an affection for playing on the road early in the 2017 season. Hardy is slashing .323/.323/.516 through eight away games, compared to a .125/.176/.125 line at Camden Yards. He's boosted his average 81 points over the last seven games by going 10-for-28 (.357) with three doubles and a home run.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
1 month ago

Hardy went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, one RBI and scored twice Sunday in Toronto.

EDGE Analysis

The Orioles unloaded 15 hits in an 11-4 win over the struggling Jays, and Hardy didn't miss out on the action en route to raising his batting average 57 points. Entering the contest, the shortstop had just one extra-base hit (a home run) before driving a ground rule double to center field in the 5th inning and another to left field just one frame later. Hardy is now slashing .257/.278/.400, but his overall plate discipline (21.6 percent strikeout rate) through 37 plate appearances in an eyesore.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
1 month ago

Hardy is not in the Orioles' starting lineup Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan Flaherty will take over at shortstop, giving Hardy his first day off this season. It's been a rough start out of the gate for the 34-year-old, who is slashing .200/.226/.300 and ranking second on the team with eight strikeouts. Regardless, Hardy should continue seeing regular opportunities to improve.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
1 month ago

Hardy went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's affair with the Red Sox and is now hitting .105 (2-for-19) through his first six games of 2017.

EDGE Analysis

Just a game removed from notching his first RBI and walk of the campaign, the O's shortstop went right back to looking awful at the plate. Hardy has been batting ninth in the order for all but one game, and despite staying strikeout-free for the first time all season on Tuesday, the veteran owns an ugly 33.3 percent strikeout rate.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
2 months ago

Hardy has fully recovered from the back injury that sidelined him during the first half of spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The shortstop hasn't dealt with any setbacks, such as spasms or tightness, since returning to game action on Mar. 13. When asked how he felt Sunday morning, Hardy replied, "As good as I have in a long time." The 12-year veteran has logged 23 at-bats this spring (his goal is to get at least 40 before Opening Day) and hit his first Grapefruit League home run Saturday night against the Twins. Hardy launched 77 longballs during his first three years in Baltimore (2011-13), but has failed to reach the double-digit mark in any season since then. Although the 34-year-old isn't nearly as productive as he once was, Hardy still brings a level of production worthy of owning in deep leagues.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
2 months ago

Hardy (back) will make his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Phillies, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy has been sidelined all spring while recovering from back spasms, but it looks like he's been cleared to play after taking live batting practice and fielding grounders over the last two days. The shortstop indicated that he wanted to get about 40 or 50 Grapefruit League at-bats in before spring training draws to a close, which should put him on track for Opening Day.