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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: J.J. Hardy expects to play this weekend

By on 8/13/2014 09:30:00 PM

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will not need the disabled list says Roch Kubatko of MASN. Hardy has a sprained left thumb, but a Tuesday MRI showed no structural damage. Hardy sat out the series finale with the New York Yankees. Ryan Flaherty has played shortstop in Hardy's absence. Hardy could return this coming weekend, possibly Friday, when the Orioles travel to Cleveland to face the Indians.'s David Wilson reminds us that Hardy injured his thumb last Saturday in a home-plate collision with St. Louis's A.J. Pierzynski. He has not played since then. The Orioles have already lost third baseman Manny Machado to the disabled list as our own Pete Schwichtenberg described. Losing Hardy would have meant losing the entire left side of the infield.

Wilson quoted Hardy discussing his thumb injury and hopes of returning for the Cleveland series. Said Hardy,
"Came in today, had a bigger improvement and real positive about the way it feels.... Play it by ear if we're going to do any baseball activity [Thursday], but I'd like to, and my goal is to be on the field in the Cleveland series. Not sure which day."
Hardy is hitting .283 with 6 HR and 40 RBI in 108 games. Although his power numbers are down (25 HR, 76 RBI last year), he remains a staple in the Orioles' lineup and in the field. With him out, the Orioles have had Flaherty at shortstop and Chris Davis at third base with Steve Pearce at first. Hardy's return will move Davis back to first with Flaherty likely at third.

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