Hardy sits with left side soreness
Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy was not in Monday’s starting lineup as the shortstop is dealing with some left side soreness that he first felt on Sunday.
Hardy, who has been taking extra swings in hopes of finding his stride at the plate, came out to take early batting practice on Monday in Houston and felt the same sort of irritation. He immediately alerted head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter, who are trying to get out in front of the injury. Hardy, who started the season on the disabled list, has played in just 23 games and is batting .190.
“I’m just nervous that it’s more than a day or two type thing,” said Hardy, who did not take batting practice Monday and had a similar issue sideline him for an extended period in 2011. “I’m just nervous that it might turn into something worse and I don’t want it to, so I think resting it is probably the right thing. It’s frustrating though. It’s the shoulder [injury] in the spring, then the back starts acting up. Now it’s this.”
Any sort of side soreness can often signal an oblique injury, which are a common injury for players to go on the DL with.
“I am not using that word,” Showalter said in regards to Hardy’s injury. “It’s one of those things you never say out loud. But [the injury] has some of those characteristics.”
Showalter said Hardy wanted to play Monday but given the team’s schedule –with no off day coming up–he decided to be cautious with things.
“We would all love for him to play but you got to take it out of their hands. Hopefully it’s something we can get ahead of and not have it turn into something else.”
Hardy was cautiously optimistic as well that this could only be a game or two type of injury.
“I sure hope so,” he said. “Honestly Im a little bit nervous about it because in 2011 I felt something like this, so I don’t want it to get to that point. We’ll see what tomorrow has, but it definitely makes me a little nervous.”