J.J. Hardy
SS FA
1 month ago

Baltimore decided to decline Hardy's $14 million club option for the 2018 season, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy will get a $2 million buyout from the team and becomes a free agent heading into this winter. The shortstop only played in 73 games this year due to a broken wrist that kept him out from late June to early September, and he wound up slashing just .217/.255/.323 with four home runs and 24 RBI when he was on the field. The 35-year-old will look to latch on with a new organization in the coming months, although his days as a starting shortstop may have come to an end.

J.J. Hardy
SS FA
3 months ago

Hardy is in the starting nine for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Although Hardy was reinstated from the disabled list (wrist) over a week ago, the shortstop hasn't received any playing time since his return to the active roster. The 35-year-old will be back at his typical spot in the field while hitting out of the seventh spot for Saturday's affair. Over the course of the 2017 season, Hardy is slashing .211/.248/.308 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 64 games.

J.J. Hardy
SS FA
3 months ago

Hardy (wrist) was activated from the 60-day DL prior to Friday's game against the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy has been on the shelf since June 19 with a broken wrist, but is finally ready to rejoin the big-league club after a long recovery, which including nine rehab appearances with Triple-A Norfolk. In a corresponding move, Baltimore designated Andrew Faulkner for assignment. While Hardy's presence should add extra depth to the middle of the infield, his impact may wind up being minimal throughout the rest of the season, since Tim Beckham has locked down the job at short for the club since coming over at the trade deadline.

J.J. Hardy
SS FA
3 months ago

Hardy (wrist, elbow) was able to complete pre-game throwing and hitting drills Thursday, The Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.

EDGE Analysis

If all goes well, Hardy could be reinstated from the 60-day DL ahead of Friday's game in Cleveland. The shortstop has been out since mid-June with a fractured right wrist, but has experienced some elbow discomfort following a rehab assignment. Upon his return, it's likely that Hardy will settle into a bench role behind Time Beckham.

J.J. Hardy
SS FA
3 months ago

Hardy (wrist) is expected to return from the 60-day disabled list this week and could play as soon as Friday against the Yankees, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's possible that the Orioles will activate Hardy from the DL prior to the weekend series with the Yankees, but it's not expected he'll play in any of the remaining four contests of the homestand before the team heads to the Bronx. Hardy, who has been sidelined since June 18 with a fractured right wrist, has fully healed from the injury, but experienced some minor elbow discomfort after completing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday. He treated the injury with a cortisone injection and will go through a workout Sunday and Monday, at which point it should be clarified when exactly he'll come off the DL. With Tim Beckham having stabilized the shortstop spot since being acquired from the Rays on July 31, Hardy looks like he'll be in store for a bench role upon returning to the Orioles.

J.J. Hardy
SS FA
3 months ago

Hardy (wrist/elbow) is expected to miss a few more days after having an injection to treat tennis-elbow-like symptoms, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy is currently on the 60-day disabled list while working back from a fractured wrist. He was initially expected to rejoin the team Friday, but this latest setback will push back his arrival by a few days, per manager Buck Showalter. The O's haven't provided a concrete timetable, but it seems likely that Hardy will return to action sometime next week. Prior to the wrist injury, Hardy was hitting just .211 with 21 RBI in 64 games.

J.J. Hardy
SS FA
3 months ago

Hardy (wrist) will return from the 60-day DL on Friday, David Hall of the Virginia-Pilot reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy has played eight games for Triple-A Norfolk in the last 10 days, and appears to be nearing full health as his rehab assignment comes to an end. The shortstop has been out since the middle of June while recovering from a fractured wrist, and a broken rib, but should provide solid depth to Baltimore's infield upon his arrival.

J.J. Hardy
SS FA
3 months ago

Hardy (wrist) homered Monday in his seventh rehab appearance for Triple-A Norfolk. He is batting .263 with three RBI.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy remains on track to rejoin the O's in the very near future once rosters expand. His role on the team is still in question, though, as manager Buck Showalter hasn't tipped his hand when it comes to who will play shortstop. Tim Beckham has been on fire in 27 games since being traded from Tampa Bay, slashing .393/.418/.667 while becoming the team's leadoff man.

J.J. Hardy
SS FA
4 months ago

Hardy said his "wrist felt all right on the swings" during his first rehab game Monday with Triple-A Norfolk, David Hall of The Virginian-Pilot reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy (wrist) went 0-for-3 with a walk during his first live action since going down on June 18. With such a long layoff, the O's will take is slow with the shortstop, and the team has no reason to rush the process considering the fine play of Tim Beckham. Hardy will see quite of bit of minor-league at-bats before returning to the big-league club in early September.

J.J. Hardy
SS FA
4 months ago

Hardy (wrist) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy has been steadily progressing from a wrist injury that has kept him sidelined since June 18, and he finally appears to have an end in sight. Given the length of his absence, he's expected to need multiple rehab games before being ready to rejoin the Orioles. When he does return, which should be sometime in early September, it's unclear if he'll reclaim his starting spot at shortstop given how well Tim Beckham has played recently in his absence.