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J.J. Hardy | Shortstop | #2

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (0) / MLW
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J.J. Hardy went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Orioles outlasted the Blue Jays on Friday night in Baltimore.
Hardy got the O's on the board with a run-scoring single in the first inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. The first seven weeks of the season have been a struggle for the veteran shortstop, hitting just .197/.230/.282 with two homers and 14 RBI. May 20 - 12:23 AM

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J.J. Hardy went 0-for-4 and botched a popup to give Xander Bogaerts a single in Monday's game against the Red Sox.

His misplay helped lead to Boston's only two runs of the game. Hardy was solid last year after struggling with an injury in 2015, but he's been off his game offensively and defensively so far this year and, given that he's 34 now, he's far from certain to bounce back. The Orioles might have to go out looking for help later if Hardy doesn't play better over the next month. Fortunately, they have some flexibility there, since they could move Manny Machado to short and acquire a third baseman.
May 1 - 10:32 PM

J.J. Hardy went hitless in three plate appearances in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

He was hardly alone in this one, as the Orioles managed just two hits in what was effectively a bullpen start by the Rays. Hardy is in quite a tailspin, though, having gone 1-for-18 over his last five games to drop his season line to an ugly .200/.212/.292.
Apr 25 - 10:12 PM

J.J. Hardy finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the 10th inning to lead the Orioles to a 2-1 win over the Reds on Thursday.

Hardy, who also doubled in the contest, lofted a soft fly ball over the shortstop's head that fell between the Reds outfielders, allowing Mark Trumbo to rumble around from second to score the go-ahead run in the extra frame. The 34-year-old shortstop got off to a slow start at the dish but has 10 hits in his last 28 at-bats to raise his overall line to .255/.271/.383.
Apr 20 - 10:36 PM

J.J. Hardy is not in the Orioles' lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Blue Jays.

Hardy has a lengthy history of injuries, so giving him ample rest is a wise move on the part of manager Buck Showalter. Ryan Flaherty will start in his place at shortstop and bat ninth for the O's against Marco Estrada and the Jays.
Apr 15 - 10:49 AM

J.J. Hardy clubbed his first home run of the 2017 campaign as the Orioles topped the Blue Jays on Friday night in Toronto.

His two-run blast in the fifth inning came off of Jays' starter Aaron Sanchez and gave the O's a 4-3 advantage. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. The veteran shortstop is off to a relatively slow start offensively, hitting .200/.226/.300 with four RBI.
Apr 14 - 10:31 PM

J.J. Hardy clobbered a solo home run Saturday in the Orioles’ Grapefruit League win over the Twins.

He struck out in his other two at-bats. The home run was Hardy’s first of spring training. The veteran missed time with back trouble earlier this month but returned to the lineup a couple weeks ago. Hardy has eclipsed 20 homers five times in his career but hasn’t reached that threshold since 2013. He's only an option in AL-only leagues.
Mar 25 - 8:56 PM

J.J. Hardy went 0-for-2 with a walk in his spring debut Monday against the Phillies.

Hardy hadn't played since hurting his back on Feb. 17. He hit second for the Orioles today, but that was just to get him an extra at-bat before he was removed. He'll find himself back at the bottom of the order this season.
Mar 13 - 4:53 PM

J.J. Hardy (back) is set to make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday.

Hardy has been eased into action this spring due to lower back issues that popped up soon after he arrived in Orioles camp. He plans to play in more road games than usual over the next three weeks to make up for lost time. The veteran shortstop should be ready for Opening Day if he can avoid further physical setbacks.
Mar 13 - 8:31 AM

J.J. Hardy (back) took ground balls and hit on the field Friday.

Hardy said afterward that his back felt great. The shortstop could be cleared to play in Grapefruit League games in a few days, so he might still have time to get ready in time for Opening Day if he can avoid a setback. Hardy has been dealing with lower back issues since early on in camp.
Mar 10 - 1:49 PM

J.J. Hardy (back) resumed baseball activities on Sunday.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Saturday that he hoped Hardy would be ready for baseball activities by the end of the week, so this is a pleasant surprise. Of course, the shortstop obviously still has a long way to go before he can be considered a good bet for Opening Day. Hardy has been nursing lower back issues since early on in camp.
Mar 5 - 11:07 AM

J.J. Hardy (back) will resume baseball activities by the end of this week.

"He’s getting ready to take ground balls, probably next [week], sometime late in the week, if he keeps progressing," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I saw him running yesterday. He’s doing a lot of things, little by little —just little hurdles to cross." The Orioles had said that Hardy might be ready for Grapefruit League games by March 10, but obviously that's not going to be the case. He still has time to get ready for Opening Day, but the O's would no doubt like to see some real progress.
Mar 5 - 9:05 AM

J.J. Hardy got an injection in his back Thursday.

But manager Buck Showalter said the shot had been scheduled all along. Hardy underwent an MRI and CT scan on his back last week and both came up clean. He is aiming to resume baseball activities around March 1 and could begin playing in Grapefruit League games by March 10.
Feb 23 - 1:06 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters on Saturday that J.J. Hardy's MRI resuts came back clean.

Hardy underwent an MRI and a CT scan on Friday, but it looks as though everything came back without issue. Hardy is expected to be cleared for baseball activities around March 1 and could play in games by March 10.
Feb 18 - 1:44 PM

J.J. Hardy underwent an MRI on his lower back on Thursday and a CT scan on Friday.

Initial reports traced Hardy's absence from Friday's first full-squad workout due to illness, but he's apparently dealing with something more substantial. The results of the tests aren't in yet, so more will obviously be known about the shortstop's status once they're revealed. Hardy said Friday that, ideally, he'll be ready to resume baseball activities on March 1.
Feb 17 - 12:34 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Paul Janish
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Hyun Soo Kim
2Joey Rickard
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Seth Smith
2Anthony Santander
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Trey Mancini
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Kevin Gausman
3Dylan Bundy
4Wade Miley
5Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Darren O'Day
3Brad Brach
4Mychal Givens
5Alec Asher
6Richard Bleier
7Jayson Aquino
8Tyler Wilson