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J.J. Hardy Injury: Updates on Orioles Shortstop's Foot and Return

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent III

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 12:  J.J. Hardy #2 of the Baltimore Orioles rounds the bases after hitting a 2 run home run in the 7th inning during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 12, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is dealing with a small fracture in his left foot and hit the disabled list on Tuesday. 

Continue for updates.


Latest on Hardy's Playing Status

Tuesday, May 3

The Orioles placed Hardy on the DL and recalled Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A on Tuesday, per Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. 

On Monday, ESPN's Jim Bowden reported Hardy is expected to be out six to eight weeks with the injury, which is lengthy and indicative of the severity considering the toughness he's shown in the past.


Hardy No Stranger to Injuries

Hardy spent time on the DL toward the beginning of each of the prior two seasons. He admitted this past October that he played the entire 2015 campaign with a torn labrum in his left shoulder—not to mention the other ailments he dealt with such as back spasms, a right groin strain and a sore oblique.

Unfortunately, the trend of sitting early on will continue in 2016, but it's better for Hardy and the club to get it out of the way early in the year if he must leave the lineup.

That doesn't mean Baltimore will find it easy to win without Hardy, though. The 33-year-old veteran is a key leader in the infield as a three-time Gold Glove Award winner who made only three errors in 114 games last season at short.

While his power at the plate has declined in recent years—he hit 77 homers in his first three seasons with the Orioles but has had only 19 since—Hardy is nevertheless going to be tough to replace in all areas.

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Baltimore currently ranks 29th in quality starts, leaning more on its bullpen and batting order for a 14-10 record to date. The club needs its pitching staff to step up and make the defense's job easier while Hardy recovers.

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