Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy exited Saturday night’s game after two innings with a strained left oblique muscle, an injury that could be a major blow to the O’s infield should it require a trip to the disabled list.
Hardy has been sidelined with left side tightness and Saturday’s second game of the doubleheader marked his first start since Wednesday.
He was a late scratch on Thursday night after experiencing some discomfort in his side during pregame batting practice and the team had chosen to take a cautious approach given that Hardy had never had pain in his side before. Hardy said Friday that he only felt the injury when swinging full bore and he exited Saturday’s game after one at-bat, in which he struck out looking off Rangers starter Matt Harrison.
In Hardy’s place on Saturday, Robert Andino shifted from left field to shortstop and Felix Pie entered the game in Andino’s spot.