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August 5, 2011

Updating J.J. Hardy's left ankle injury

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy left Thursday’s 9-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals in the middle of the seventh with discomfort in his left ankle.

He said he’s felt some pain in it the last day or so.

“(Wednesday) I felt it a little bit in between batting practice and the game and it went away after I got off it a little bit,” Hardy said. “It felt OK coming into (Thursday) and then it kind of crept back up on me. I don’t think it’s anything serious. I feel like if they had taken me out of the game last night I would have been fine an inning later.”

Hardy is expected to see Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Friday in Baltimore. It’s possible Hardy undergoes an MRI on Friday.

“It’s strange, he can’t really pinpoint any point where it bothered him,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It just all of a sudden started showing up between innings, between BP,
The good news: It doesn’t seem to be like an ankle turn, it’s not swelling.”

The team is calling it day-to-day. If Hardy isn’t able to play Friday – and that’s a possibility – he’d likely be replaced by Cesar Izturis, who will be activated from the disabled list in time for Friday’s game. Izturis (right elbow surgery) hasn’t played in the majors since May 12.

“Izzy might be coming back at just the right time,” Showalter said.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 12:34 AM | | Comments (6)


Izzy's bat will no doubt fill the hole in the lineup just wonderfully.

Izturis filling in for J.J.??? Now we're definitely on the road to losing 100 games.

The infamous day to day team statement. Their new signee, injury prone, already getting an mri. Would not be surprised to see DL.

Hardy is fragile and the Orioles are lucky that he has only spent one month on the DL so far. Look, when a team is 24 games out in early August and on a pace to lose 100 games, veteran players tend to come up with "day to day" injury situations. You'll see more of it. Hardy took the money but you can bet your a** he is second guessing signing on to this train wreck.

This is why they should have traded him instead of signing him. Hardy has always been injury prone and was probably at his peak value in July. With Jose Reyes off the market, Hardy would have brought a haul.

I wonder if the signing was MacPhail's idea or Angelos'. Angelos has often supported overextending guys already in town (Brady Anderson, Brian Roberts.)

Tell JJ to rub some vodka on it. DUH! Or single-malt scotch.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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