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April 11, 2011

MRI on Hardy reveals strain

A magnetic resonance imaging taken today on J.J. Hardy revealed that the shortstop has a left oblique strain.

Hardy will be out between two to three weeks, said Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

Hardy missed two games last week because of tightness in his left side. He returned to the starting lineup for the second game of the Orioles doubleheader with the Texas Rangers Saturday, and was removed from the game after one at-bat.

He was hurt while fouling a ball off against Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison. He did not swing anymore in that at-bat, which resulted in a strikeout.

Hardy, who was acquired this offseason from the Minnesota Twins, will head to the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. to begin the rehab process. Cesar Izturis and Robert Andino will both be given opportunities to play shortstop in his absence.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 12:10 PM | | Comments (4)


Tough break. The O's sure are getting tested early in the season with these injuries.

The move to send Riemold/Tatum down and keep Andino, not risking him to waivers, now looks brilliant. Fingers crossed that nobody else takes a hit - glad it's just a few weeks.

As always, thanks for the info Jeff. Have you heard any news about whether we'll be bringing up a starter to start tomorrow's game, or whether we'll bring Tatum back since Fox clearly isn't as strong of a catcher as a hitter?

Jeff Z's reply: Tillman is starting tomorrow's game. Hardy going to the DL would allow them to bring up Bergesen to start Wednesday. Bergesen wouldn't have to stay down in the minors for the required 10 days because he'd be replacing a guy headed to the disabled list.

"Tough break. The O's sure are getting tested early in the season with these injuries."

What year since 1997 has this NOT been true? I have my opinion on why our guys get hit harder with more, and more devastating, injuries....

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