Hardy day-to-day with hamstring strain
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy exited Sunday night’s game after six innings with a right hamstring strain and is considered day-to-day.
Hardy was replaced in his seventh-inning at-bat by Steve Lombardozzi and he appeared to suffer the injury while running the bases in his fifth-inning at-bat. Hardy, who hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning, singled in the fifth and would have scored on David Lough’s ground-rule double but was sent back.
Sunday’s injury was the latest in a frustrating start to the season for Hardy, who missed six games with back spasms and entered the game hitting .244 with no homers and three RBIs.
The Orioles infield is also still missing Manny Machado and any extended time missed by Hardy would certainly be a major blow. On Sunday, Ryan Flaherty shifted from third base to shortstop, with Lombardozzi taking over at second base and Jonathan Schoop moving from second to third.