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Back spasms keeping J.J. Hardy out of the Orioles’ lineup

Apr 7, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Initially when J.J. Hardy sat out a game last week with back spasms the Orioles said it was merely a precautionary move early in a long season, but the shortstop had to skip Sunday’s game with more back spasms.

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the latest issue is actually in a different spot in Hardy’s back, but says “it’s still a concern” for the 31-year-old.

Ryan Flaherty moved from third base to shortstop to sub for Hardy, who missed a lot of time with various injuries early in his career but played 158 games in 2012 and 159 games in 2013 for the Orioles. He’s the winner of back-to-back Gold Glove awards and topped 20 homers in each of the past three seasons.

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  1. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    This is what I was alluding to in ATH. Hardy is out AGAIN today. 3 of the last 4 games. And while the defense is not taking a huge hit, the lineup is. 1-5? Solid. Bottom of the order- Lough, Flaherty, Lombardozzi and Schoop. If there’s any wonder why this lineup is struggling to put runs on the board? Those 4 right there are the culprits.

  2. mmeyer3387 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    You are correct, the defense will be fine. However, the offense is hurt the most, with both Hardy and Machado out, they are struggling to score runs.

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