Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy suffered a fractured right wrist after getting hit by a pitch in Sunday’s 8-5 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in his second at-bat against starting pitcher Lance Lynn. Hardy was placed on the 10-day disabled list, an unfortunate break for the injury-plagued veteran.
“Hardy’s injury typically requires six to 10 weeks in order for him to return to play,” Dr. Selene Parekh, and orthopedic surgeon at Duke University, said. “Hardy should initially be in a cast and then a brace until he fully recovers. If the bone struggles to heal, though, Hardy may be out 10-12 weeks.”
Hardy has had a forgetful start to the season, as the former 30-home run slugger was hitting just. 211 with three dingers and 21 runs batted in as the primary shortstop for the Orioles. The wrist injury may mark the end of Hardy’s career, at least in a starting role.
The injuries just seem to be mounting for Baltimore, who already has had to deal with stars Chris Davis and Zach Britton on the disabled list for a good chunk of the season. As a result, the Orioles have fallen to .500 and are currently sitting fourth in the AL East, and Hardy’s injury certainly will not help.
For most of the season, Hardy has not been much of a factor fantasy-wise, but was starting to pick up the ball better as of late. The 34-year old had been seven for his last 23, and had a three-RBI afternoon Saturday against the Cardinals. Still, though, Hardy was owned in just 1.3 percent of ESPN fantasy league and should not make an impact of the rest of the season.
Baltimore called up utilityman Paul Janish up from Triple-A to replace Hardy on the depth chart, with midseason pickup Ruben Tejada taking over the starting duties for the near future. Like Hardy, Tejada should not do much to shake up any fantasy rosters even at shortstop, as the 27-year old has never provided much pop at the plate and has not played consistently in the MLB in two years. Tejada is batting .250 with one RBI in 20 plate appearances.