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J.J. Hardy Injured(S / Bal)

J.J. Hardy (S, Bal)

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.

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

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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.

J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI in Thursday's road victory over the Reds.

Impact

The shortstop has an affection for playing on the road early in the 2017 season. Hardy is slashing .323/.323/.516 through eight away games, compared to a .125/.176/.125 line at Camden Yards. He's boosted his average 81 points over the last seven games by going 10-for-28 (.357) with three doubles and a home run.

J.J. Hardy went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs Sunday in Toronto.

Impact

The Orioles unloaded 15 hits in an 11-4 win over the struggling Jays, and Hardy didn't miss out on the action en route to raising his batting average 57 points. Entering the contest, the shortstop had just one extra-base hit (a home run) before driving a ground rule double to center field in the fifth inning and another to left field just one frame later. Hardy is now slashing .257/.278/.400, and his plate discipline (21.6 percent strikeout rate) through 37 plate appearances is an eyesore.

J.J. Hardy is not in the Orioles' starting lineup Saturday.

Impact

Ryan Flaherty will take over at shortstop, giving Hardy his first day off this season. It's been a rough start out of the gate for the 34-year-old, who is slashing .200/.226/.300 with eight strikeouts. Regardless, Hardy should continue seeing regular opportunities to improve.

J.J. Hardy went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's affair with the Red Sox and is now hitting .105 (2-for-19) through his first six games of 2017.

Impact

Just a game removed from notching his first RBI and walk of the campaign, the O's shortstop went right back to looking awful at the plate. Hardy has been batting ninth in the order for all but one game, and despite staying strikeout-free for the first time all season on Tuesday, the veteran owns an ugly 33.3 percent strikeout rate.

J.J. Hardy has fully recovered from the back injury that sidelined him during the first half of spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Impact

The shortstop hasn't dealt with any setbacks, such as spasms or tightness, since returning to game action on March 13. When asked how he felt Sunday morning, Hardy replied, "As good as I have in a long time." The 12-year veteran has logged 23 at-bats this spring (his goal is to get at least 40 before Opening Day) and hit his first Grapefruit League home run Saturday night against the Twins. Hardy launched 77 longballs during his first three years in Baltimore (2011-13), but has failed to reach the double-digit mark in any season since then. Although the 34-year-old isn't nearly as productive as he once was, Hardy still brings a level of production worthy of owning in deep leagues.