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Monday, September 8, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: J.J. Hardy likely out until Friday

By on 9/08/2014 06:30:00 PM

The Baltimore Orioles appear to be cruising to the AL East title, with a 9.5 game lead and only twenty games left in the regular season. Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who exited a game on September 1 with back spasms (although he's played since then) will return to Baltimore for a doctor's examination and then likely rest until Friday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of

Twice an All-Star and winner of two Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger Award, the veteran shortstop is hitting .281/.320/.392 (OPS+ 99) with nine homers and 52 RBI in 128 games. The shortstop was out earlier in the season with a sprained left thumb (August) and a strained right hamstring (April), neither of which required a DL stint. He also reported back spasms in Spring Training and missed time in April.  Ryan Flaherty will play shortstop and bat eighth in the series opener against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

J.J. Hardy

Hardy, 31, is in his tenth major league season, with a career line of .262/.313/.424. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001 (2nd round) and made his debut April 4, 2005. In November 2009, the Brewers traded him to the Minnesota Twins for Carlos Gomez. In December 2010, the Twins traded him with Brendan Harris to the Baltimore Orioles for Brett Jacobson (minors) and Jim Hoey. Hardy is under a three-year $22.25 million contract with the O's which takes him through the end of the 2014 season, at which point he will be eligible for free agency.

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