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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: MRI comes back clean for J.J. Hardy

By on 9/09/2014 05:15:00 PM

The MRI for Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy shows no structural damage to his back. He received a cortisone shot and hopes to return for Friday's game against the Yankees in Baltimore. Ryan Flaherty will play shortstop for Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox in Fenway Park.

As noted here, the Orioles are being ulta-cautious with Hardy. 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. Hardy 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.

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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