Hardy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports. Hardy has sported a hot bat since the All-Star break, going 12-for-33 (.364 average) at the dish with a homer and four RBI. The shortstop will turn 34 years old in August, so Orioles skipper Buck Showalter will likely look to rest him occasionally down the stretch in order to preserve Hardy for a potential postseason run. Ryan Flaherty will cover shortstop for Hardy on Sunday.
Hardy went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Rays. The Orioles' shortsop was the difference in the game, blasting a 399-foot shot to left field with Matt Wieters aboard in the fourth to open the scoring. The round-tripper was Hardy's second in the last three games, and extended his hitting streak to nine games. The 33-year-old has multi-hit efforts in four contests over that span as well, and is slashing .333/.350/.590 over 39 at-bats in July.
Hardy went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Angels. The home run was his first since returning from the DL on June 18 and just his third of the season. Hardy suffered through a rough first half, but he's hitting .355/.375/.581 so far in July and could be poised for a solid second half.
Hardy is not in Wednesday's lineup, Eduardo A Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Just a day off for Hardy, who hadn't missed a game since coming off the DL on June 18. Ryan Flaherty will get the start at shortstop.
Hardy (foot) has been activated off the disabled list and will bat eighth in the lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto. The veteran shortstop will reclaim his spot in the field and in the lineup Saturday after a fractured foot put him on the shelf in early May. Hardy had gotten off to a decent start at the dish before suffering the broken foot, slashing .244/.291/.410 with a pair of home runs through 78 at-bats. He'll likely be a fixture in the bottom third of the Orioles' order moving forward, and his return to shortstop will move Manny Machado back to third base.
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