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Monday, September 1, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: J.J. Hardy exits with back spasm

By on 9/01/2014 04:15:00 PM

As the Baltimore Orioles enter September, they may be another player down.  After losing Manny Machado and Steve Pearce, shortstop J.J. Hardy left today's game against the Minnesota Twins with apparent back spasms.
Hardy is one of the premier bats in the offense so losing him for any amount of time would be a big blow to the Orioles' success.

This season Hardy is batting .282 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs. In August he not only found his power stroke, hitting five home runs, but he also batted .322 for the month.

In his career Hardy has been an above average shortstop with a plus bat.  He is a career .262 hitter with 167 lifetime home runs.

Ryan Flaherty took over for Hardy at short.  The 28-year-old is batting .200 for the season in 77 games.  He is a career .213 hitter so he is not an ideal option to replace Hardy offensively for a long period of time.

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