The Baltimore Orioles held J.J. Hardy out of the lineup for the second consecutive day Sunday, as the shortstop continues to deal with back spasms. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters -- including Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com -- that the move was mostly precautionary, as he expects Hardy to be back in today's lineup.
"Could probably push the envelope if I wanted to, but I
think we've got a chance to get him back 100 percent [on Monday],"
Showalter said. "Don't want to take a chance."
The O's scratched Hardy from Saturday's lineup due to the back ailment, and the shortstop met with Showalter prior to Sunday's finale against the Colorado Rockies. He was available to pinch-hit as needed, but the skipper decided to keep him out of the lineup for another day to allow the back to fully recover.
Hardy took roughly 25 swings yesterday without issue, but he continued to experience tightness in his back when he moved around the field. The veteran dealt with back issues earlier in his career, but at this point it doesn't seem like he'll be required to miss an extended stretch as a result of his current spams.
Hardy has impressed with his glove and bat this season, earning his second All-Star nod. The 31-year-old has hit .254/.296/.439 with 18 doubles and 22 home runs over 486 plate appearances.
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