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J.J. Hardy Injured(S / Bal)

J.J. Hardy (S, Bal)

J.J. Hardy (hand/wrist) is expected to be cleared for strengthening exercises in another week or so, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Impact

With a broken rib behind him, Hardy is now waiting on his fractured wrist to heal before getting back to baseball. He's scheduled to meet with a specialist after traveling with the team on next week's road trip. At that point, Hardy's ultimate fate for 2017 may finally become clear. Regardless, Hardy should be on waivers across all formats until he not only comes back, but provides better than the .211/.248/.308 slash line he posted in 64 games before the injuries.

Recent Stats

Week Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Total
Season               121
11 3 0 9 1 13
10 4 0 1 0 4 1 1 11
9 5 0 1 0 0 0 6
8 7 1 2 0 0 2 12
7 1 1 2 2 0 6 0 12

Older News

J.J. Hardy's rib injury is fully healed, but he remains on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist fracture, The Associated Press reports.

Impact

That's one broken bone fixed, but now the shortstop will need to wait for a second to heal. Unfortunately for Hardy, clearing this hurdle doesn't mean he can get back to action any time soon. The 34-year-old is still at least a couple of weeks away from returning to baseball activity.

J.J. Hardy (wrist, rib) has been progressing normally, and hopes to begin strength exercises by the end of the month, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Impact

Hardy continues on his lengthy road back from a wrist injury that has sidelined him since mid-June, which caused him to see a hand specialist during this All-Star break. If he starts exercising within the next two-and-a-half weeks, the shortstop could return by the middle of August, following an extended rehab assignment. There should be a more definitive timetable in the next couple weeks as the team will reevaluate Hardy and determine whether he is close to beginning fielding and batting work.

J.J. Hardy (wrist, rib) will be held out of baseball-related activities for at least three weeks, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.

Impact

With Hardy recently diagnosed with a broken rib in addition to his fractured wrist, he'll rest up through the All-Star break before potentially kicking off the rehab process in earnest before the end of July. Because Hardy has been out since June 18, he would likely require an extended rehab assignment in the minors before being activated from the 10-day disabled list, but no definitive timetable for his recovery has been released. In the meantime, the Orioles will get by with Ruben Tejada as their primary shortstop, with Paul Janish serving as his top backup.

J.J. Hardy (wrist) underwent additional tests after feeling pain in his side that confirmed a broken rib, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Hardy was originally placed on the disabled list with a right wrist fracture after getting hit by a pitch on June 17, but now he will have to recover from a broken rib as well. This injury seemingly stemmed from a collision with Trey Mancini during a series in New York about a week prior, but it shouldn't affect his timetable since the wrist will still need another month to heal.

J.J. Hardy was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a right wrist fracture.

Impact

This is simply procedural, as Hardy is expected to be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks before resuming baseball activities. Ruben Tejada is expected to take over the bulk of duties at shortstop in his absence.

J.J. Hardy has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fractured right wrist and will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks before resuming baseball activities, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Hardy won't require surgery to address the injury, but he'll nonetheless be set for an extended absence after a CT scan confirmed that he had suffered a broken bone in the wrist after being hit by a pitch in Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Ruben Tejada is expected to step in as the Orioles' primary option at shortstop for the time being, with the injured Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) looming as another option at the position once he returns from the DL.

According to manager Buck Showalter, X-rays taken after Sunday's game on J.J. Hardy's wrist weren't encouraging, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. "Not good, not good," Showalter said. "We took an X-ray here, saw something that concerned us. I know he's got a scan in the morning and we'll have a little more definitive idea there."

Impact

Based on the skipper's words, it seems the Orioles have reason to believe Hardy suffered a fracture. If that proves to be true, the shortstop will be in for a lengthy recovery process. Either way, Hardy's fantasy owners should make an immediate plan to be without him this week. Ruben Tejada is the O's only other shortstop option, barring shifting Manny Machado from third base.

J.J. Hardy exited Sunday's game against the Cardinals in the top of the sixth inning with a bruised right wrist, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.

Impact

The injury likely stems from Hardy's fourth-inning at-bat, during which he was hit by a pitch. Hardy was able to shake off the injury and stay in the game initially after taking his base, but soreness may have set in soon after. Ruben Tejada replaced Hardy at shortstop.

J.J. Hardy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Impact

With a .579 OPS on the season, Hardy has been one of the worst-performing regulars in baseball, but he's at least turned the corner recently with three two-hit performances in his last five starts. While he'll give way at shortstop to Paul Janish on Sunday, Hardy still seems fairly secure in an everyday role at the position.

J.J. Hardy is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

Impact

Hardy continues to scuffle at the plate to begin the season and will get a breather Sunday as the Orioles face off against Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays. Paul Janish, who had his contract selected Sunday, will draw the start at shortstop.

J.J. Hardy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

The Orioles will give the veteran shortstop a breather in the series finale, allowing him to effectively rest for two days with Baltimore off the schedule Monday. Ryan Flaherty will check in for Hardy at shortstop and bat eighth in the order.

J.J. Hardy said he has "no excuse" for his poor start to the campaign, and he's a bit perplexed on how to fix it, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Impact

Hardy's hitting just .207/.240/.272 with 19 strikeouts in 97 plate appearances. The shortstop's .250 BABIP – well below his .280 career average – suggests he's been a bit unlucky, although Hardy's 29.8 hard-contact percentage is down from last year's career-best 34.6 percent mark as well. The good news is that slow starts are nothing new for the veteran. Over 13 MLB seasons, Hardy's .220 batting average in the opening month is nearly 30 points lower than any other month. Owners shouldn't expect spectacular numbers from the 34-year-old Hardy, but he should turn things around and offer decent production for those in deep formats.

J.J. Hardy is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.

Impact

Hardy went hitless in each of his last three games, so he'll head to the bench for a night off. Ryan Flaherty will pick up a start at shortstop in his stead.