J.J. Hardy's glove continues to keep him in the Orioles' lineup, but his declining bat and health issues are making him increasingly marginal for Fantasy purposes. Hardy appeared in only 114 games in 2015, and for the second year in a row, his strikeout rate and extra-base power headed in the wrong direction. There was a time when Hardy was worth drafting for his home run potential alone, but he hasn't produced double-digit homers since 2013. There is little reason to pursue him outside of AL-only leagues.
Hardy noted his shoulder is in better shape than it was during the season and he is lifting more in his weight training program, according to MASN Sports. Hardy's power disappeared in 2014 and 2015, averaging a home run every 55.3 at-bats, compared with a home run every 23.3 at-bats from 2011-2013. It seems Hardy's shoulder bothered him most of the season after he suffered an injury in spring training. These are the stories leading into next year's spring training that are always taken with a grain of salt. Hardy may be stronger, but bat speed is another part of power and there is absolutely no guarantee that Hardy can harness both strength and bat speed as he did a couple of years ago.
The Orioles reinstated shortstop J.J. Hardy from the 15-day disabled list and recalled right fielder Dariel Alvarez from Class A on Tuesday, the team announced. Hardy missed some time as he continued to nurse a groin injury. Alvarez was sent down to Class A on Sept. 2.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is expected to be activated from the disabled list when he is eligible Tuesday, reports MLB.com. "We're all looking forward to getting J.J. back," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Hardy is nursing a strained groin and has been doing light baseball activities.
The Orioles have activated first baseman Steve Pearce from the disabled list and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk. To create room for those players, they have placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list with a groin injury and designated for assignment veteran outfielder Nolan Reimold. Hardy has been plagued by the groin ailment for a while. He is batting .157 (11-for-70) in August.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is headed to the disabled list with a groin injury, an issue the veteran tried to play through without much success. Over his last 11 games, Hardy was 3 of 39 and had to go through pregame drills before being allowed to play last weekend. Overall, he's hitting just .222 in 93 games.
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