Hardy scratched again
DETROIT— Shortstop J.J. Hardy was a late scratch from Sunday’s game and had his batting practice cut short with another back spasm, this time in a different place.
Hardy almost missed Friday’s game and had been dealing with a nagging back spasm that he played through on Wednesday and Thursday before taking the series opener in Detroit off. While his most recent spasm is in a different place, it’s still a concern for a struggling Baltimore, who has been without their starting shortstop for two of three games.
Hardy last season became just the fourth player to hit three or more home runs off Sunday’s Tigers starter Justin Verlander in on season and entered the game a career .258 (7-for-31) with three homers and seven RBIs. The Gold Glover is a huge part of the Orioles infield, with Hardy saving a run in Saturday’s game.
Ryan Flaherty moved from third base to take Hardy’s place, with Jonathan Schoop getting the start at third.