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J.J. Hardy | Shortstop | #2

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (0) / MLW

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Orioles declined SS J.J. Hardy's $14 million option for 2018.
He'll receive a $2 million buyout instead. Hardy has been oft-injured the last three seasons and hit only .237/.275/.350 over that time. Fri, Nov 3, 2017 05:58:00 PM

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J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4 and scored a run in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

He doubled and scored in the ninth inning as the Orioles' rally fell one run short. The 35-year-old shortstop can still play excellent defense but he really struggled at the plate this year. He has a .219 batting average with four homers and 24 RBI in 72 games. He hasn't had a good fantasy season since 2013.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 09:43:00 PM

In what was likely his last home game with the Orioles, J.J. Hardy hit his fourth homer of the season in a win over the Rays.

It's just the fourth homer of the year for Hardy. A free-agent at the end of the year who has lost his starting spot to Tim Beckham, it would be surprising if Hardy is playing in an Oriole uniform this year. He'll likely be a utility infielder for another club in 2018, as 35-year-olds with .575 OPS's generally don't find starting jobs, even when they can play quality defense like Hardy can.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:50:00 PM

J.J. Hardy went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

The Orioles offense couldn't get anything going until it was too late in this one. They trailed 9-0 in the last frame before a brief three-run rally fell way short of the goal. Hardy walked and scored on an Austin Hays homer in that frame. The veteran shortstop hasn't played much this year due to injury and has not performed well when able to play. He has a horrific .217/.256/.313 slash line with three homers and 21 RBI in 243 plate appearances.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 08:14:00 PM

J.J. Hardy is starting at shortstop for the Orioles on Saturday, his first start since returning from the disabled list.

Tim Beckham is still in the lineup for the O's, serving as the designated hitter. Hardy has appeared in just 64 games this season, slashing .211/.248/.308 with three homers and 21 RBI.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 12:45:00 PM

Orioles activated SS J.J. Hardy from the 60-day disabled list.

Hardy has been out since since mid-June because of a fractured wrist. He's looking at a backup role down the stretch with the emergence of Tim Beckham at shortstop.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 03:10:00 PM

J.J. Hardy (elbow) is on track to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Hardy got in a full workout before Thursday afternoon's make-up game against the Yankees and should return to the Orioles' active roster before Friday night's series opener in Cleveland. But the veteran infielder is probably looking at more of a utility role for the stretch run with Tim Beckham now locked in as the club's starting shortstop.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 12:37:00 PM

J.J. Hardy (elbow) will not be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Hardy came down with some elbow soreness after ramping up his swinging work last week and the O's want to give the veteran shortstop more time to heal. Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested that Hardy should be ready before Friday. Tim Beckham has taken over as the club's starter at short.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 04:43:00 PM

J.J. Hardy (wrist) has been given an injection to combat a sore elbow.

Hardy's elbow is a little sore due to hitting. He could be ready to be activated Monday but his playing time is in question with Tim Beckham performing so well at shortstop.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said J.J. Hardy (wrist) will be activated from the disabled list sometime between Friday and Monday.

Hardy has hit the ball well on his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk, but he was batting just .211/.248/.308 through 64 games this season at the major league level and Tim Beckham has taken over as the Orioles' starting shortstop. Hardy figures to act as a utility infielder for Baltimore down the stretch. He's been sidelined since mid-June because of a fractured wrist.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 12:35:00 PM

J.J. Hardy (wrist) finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Wednesday in his second rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk.

Hardy also made a throwing error in an active but abbreviated night on the farm. He's likely to remain in the minors through the weekend given that he's missed two months with a fractured wrist. Tim Beckham will continue to plant his flag at the shortstop position.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 09:43:00 PM

J.J. Hardy (wrist) went 0-for-3 with two walks Monday in his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk.

Hardy has been out for two months with a fractured wrist. The veteran shortstop will likely need several more games in the minors and appears on track for a return around the start of September. It's hard to justify putting him back in the lineup with the way Tim Beckham has been playing.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 09:14:00 AM

J.J. Hardy (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.

He hasn't played in two months due to a fractured wrist, so Hardy figures to need a good number of rehab games. He's also not guaranteed a starting job once he returns with Tim Beckham playing so well.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 11:23:00 AM

J.J. Hardy (wrist) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday or Tuesday.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Hardy could be back by September 1 if he's ready, which doesn't really tell us much. Hardy will surely need a handful of rehab games to shake off the rust after missing the last two months with a fractured wrist. Showalter had previously promised that Hardy would remain the starter at shortstop but with Tim Beckham playing out of his mind (.479 AVG in August), that's no longer a certainty.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 04:56:00 PM

J.J. Hardy (wrist) hit in the cages and played long toss on Wednesday.

And he is hoping to advance to on-field batting practice on Friday. Hardy told reporters earlier this week that he is aiming to return to the Orioles' active roster by the beginning of September, but he might not have a starting job when he gets back as deadline-acquisition Tim Beckham has played tremendously.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 02:37:00 PM

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