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.