Orioles SS Hardy placed on disabled list with broken wrist
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BALTIMORE — Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a broken bone in his right wrist, an injury that will keep him sidelined four to six weeks.
Surgery will not be required, but Hardy can't participate in baseball activities until the wrist has fully healed.
Hardy was injured Sunday when hit by a pitch from Lance Lynn in the fourth inning of Baltimore's 8-5 win over St. Louis. Hardy remained in the game initially, then was replaced by Ruben Tejada in the sixth.
"I realized there was zero chance I was going to be able to hold a bat, so there was no point staying in," Hardy said Monday, his arm in a soft cast.
Though Hardy was batting only .211, he was on a 7-for-23 streak that added 10 points to his batting average after working with batting coach Scott Coolbaugh.
"We basically started with a clean slate, just started focusing on what needed to be done in the swing," Hardy said. "I was right on my way to getting out of the little slump I was in, and then this happens."
Hardy's biggest contribution to the Orioles is at shortstop. The 34-year-old is a three-time Gold Glove winner and a stabilizer in the middle of the infield.
"He's kind of the quarterback in the infield, so to speak," manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles recalled infielder Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk to fill out the roster.
Hardy joins first baseman Chris Davis and utility infielder Ryan Flaherty on the disabled list, along with setup man Darren O'Day and closer Zach Britton.
"Everybody's got their tale of woe," Showalter said. "If I and the coaches and the players start talking about that, it's a bad atmosphere. We've done a good job of dealing with it in the past. We've just got to fight through it."
Tejada was in the starting lineup at shortstop Monday night. He was obtained this month from the New York Yankees for $50,000.
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