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J.J. Hardy | Shortstop

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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J.J. Hardy drove in the Orioles' only run with an RBI double in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.
Hardy followed Steve Pearce's double in the second inning with a two-bagger of his own to get the scoring going. Unfortunately for the Orioles, that's all the offense they could muster, as the Royals retired 21 of the last 22 and the final 16 Baltimore hitters of the night. Oct 14 - 11:09 PM

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Orioles signed SS J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $40 million contract extension with a vesting option for 2018.

That option will vest if Hardy reaches a certain amount of at-bats, and $6.5 million of the guaranteed money will be deferred. MASN's Roch Kubatko reported those numbers first. Hardy had a rough 2014 regular season at the plate, batting .268/.309/.372 with nine home runs in 141 games for the AL East champs, but he slugged 25 home runs in 2013 and is still a very good defensive shortstop at age 32. This could be a decent bargain for the O's, who begin ALCS play on Friday night against the Royals.
Oct 9 - 1:23 PM

According to Jeremy Conn of 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, the Orioles are likely to announce a contract extension Thursday with shortstop J.J. Hardy.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says it'll be a three-year deal with a fourth-year option and will carry a guaranteed value of more than $40 million. It's rare for a team to negotiate with an impending free agent in the middle of a postseason run, but there's always been mutual interest on both sides toward working out something longer-term and Hardy will now remain in the orange, white, and black through at least 2017. Hardy turned 32 years old in August, but he is still very good defensively and capable of bouncing back offensively from his disappointing 2014 regular season.
Oct 9 - 12:41 PM

J.J. Hardy launched a solo homer and scored a pair of runs in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

Hardy's solo jack in the seventh inning extended the Orioles' lead to two, a margin it looked like they might need until they exploded for eight runs in the eighth inning. The shortstop had a disappointing nine homers during the regular season but still offers the O's above-average pop from shortstop.
Oct 2 - 9:36 PM

J.J. Hardy is back in the Orioles' lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader versus the Yankees.

It's a bit of good news for the O's following the Chris Davis suspension. Hardy missed a week of action due to back issues that date back longer, but he's been cleared of structural damage and is ready to give it a go. The shortstop is batting .281/.320/.392 with nine homers and 52 RBI this season.
Sep 12 - 11:48 AM

An MRI taken Tuesday morning on J.J. Hardy's back showed no major structural damage.

Hardy received a pain-killing injection and is expected to remain out of the Orioles' starting lineup until Friday, but he should ultimately be fine. Ryan Flaherty is at shortstop again on Tuesday night against the Red Sox.
Sep 9 - 4:31 PM

J.J. Hardy will fly back to Baltimore to have his back examined.

Hardy is out of the lineup for the third straight game Monday due to a lingering back injury and the Orioles don't want to take any chances. The veteran shortstop has characterized the issue as "soreness," but he's likely to undergo an MRI. He will likely miss the entire Boston series, but hopes to return as soon as Friday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
Sep 8 - 4:17 PM

J.J. Hardy (back) is out of the Orioles' starting lineup again on Monday versus the Red Sox.

Hardy has now missed three straight games with a lingering back injury. He's considered day-to-day. Ryan Flaherty continues to fill in at shortstop for the O's.
Sep 8 - 3:46 PM

J.J. Hardy (back) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

Hardy has been nursing back issues lately and is sitting out for the second straight game. The good news is that he could be available off the bench Sunday and expects to return to action Monday. Ryan Flaherty is at shortstop Sunday.
Sep 7 - 11:08 AM

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

Hardy may have tweaked something in his back during Friday's game, so the team is playing things cautiously. He is available off of the bench and expected to return to the lineup on Sunday. Ryan Flaherty is getting the start at shortstop and will bat eighth against Drew Smyly.
Sep 6 - 11:01 AM

J.J. Hardy broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run single, which proved to be the difference in Thursday's win against the Reds.

Hardy finished 2-for-3 with a walk on the night, his first hits in the month of September. The shortstop hit .322 with five home runs in August, and he's hoping to carry the momentum into September. Overall, Hardy is slashing .281/.320/.392 with nine home runs and 52 RBI.
Sep 4 - 10:42 PM

J.J. Hardy (back) is in the Orioles' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Reds.

Hardy missed a couple of games with lower back spasms. He's batting sixth and starting at shortstop Thursday.
Sep 4 - 2:46 PM

J.J. Hardy (back) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

Hardy left Monday's game due to lower back spasms and will get a day of rest. Ryan Flaherty will make the start at shortstop.
Sep 2 - 3:12 PM

J.J. Hardy was removed from Monday's game against the Twins because of lower back spasms.

Hardy was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before getting replaced in the top of the eighth inning by Ryan Flaherty. The shortstop can be considered day-to-day.
Sep 1 - 3:46 PM

J.J. Hardy hit a grand slam and scored two runs as the Orioles outlasted the Twins 12-8 on Sunday.

Hardy hit the grand slam off Twins reliever Anthony Swarzak in the sixth inning, his ninth home run of the year. It was his only hit in four at-bats. Hardy is headed for his lowest home run total since 2010, but he's hitting .282/.319/.395 with 26 doubles and 50 RBI.
Aug 31 - 5:34 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Caleb Joseph
2Nick Hundley
3Steve Clevenger
4Matt Wieters
1B1Steve Pearce
2Christian Walker
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Alexi Casilla
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Chris Davis
2Kelly Johnson
3Ryan Flaherty
4Jimmy Paredes
5Manny Machado
LF1David Lough
2Alejandro De Aza
3Quintin Berry
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Kevin Gausman
6Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Andrew Miller
5Brian Matusz
6Brad Brach
7Ubaldo Jimenez
8T.J. McFarland
9Evan Meek
10Joe Saunders
11Ryan Webb