Hardy allowed three runs on four hits and a walk across two innings in Thursday's 17-3 loss to the Athletics. Hardy has now been scored upon in four of his last five appearances, and his season ERA sits at 6.75 through 16 innings. The lefty posted a respectable 3.56 ERA in 2018, but he really hasn't gotten going yet this year after dealing with a forearm injury that sidelined him for a few weeks.
Hardy (forearm) was activated from the injured list Saturday. Hardy had been out since late April because of his injury, but he is ready to rejoin the big club after making two rehab appearances earlier this week. Hardy will look to turn things around after giving up eight earned runs over eight appearances out of the Tigers' bullpen earlier this season.
Hardy (forearm) tossed two scoreless innings in a rehab appearance with High-A Lakeland Thursday and is on track to rejoin the Tigers on Friday in Minnesota, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Hardy last pitched for the Tigers on April 21, but he looks ready to get back into the bullpen. The lefty was a valuable member of Detroit's relief corps in 2018, as he made 30 appearances (13 starts), and posted a 3.56 ERA and 1.17 WHIP across 86 innings of work. He has a 6.00 ERA this season but has only logged 12 innings to date.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Hardy (forearm) will be utilized as a reliever upon his return from the 10-day injured list, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. There had been some talk about stretching Hardy out to start when he returns from a forearm strain, but the Tigers don't want to put that stress on his arm. As such, he'll return to the bullpen once healthy. According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, Hardy threw off a mound Wednesday. Prior to landing on the shelf, Hardy notched a 6.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 8:2 K:BB through 12 innings (eight appearances).
Hardy was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a forearm strain. Hardy injured his forearm Sunday against the White Sox, prompting the Tigers to put him on the IL. Hardy will be unable to return until at least May 3, but given the nature of the injury it may be a lengthy absence. Detroit recalled Jose Fernandez in a corresponding move.