Orioles' Hardy out with muscle strain

BY foxsports • April 11, 2011

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will miss the next two to three weeks after an MRI revealed a strained left oblique muscle, the Baltimore Sun reported Monday.

Hardy missed two games last week due to tightness in his left side, then returned to the lineup in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. He lasted only one at-bat as he re-injured himself while fouling a ball off against Texas Rangers lefty Matt Harrison.

The Orioles, in first place in the AL East with a 6-3 record, had initially feared that Hardy's injury was more serious.

Cesar Izturis and Robert Andino will fill in at shortstop as the team heads to Yankee Stadium for a three-game series that begins Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Hardy was acquired in the offseason from Minnesota, where he hit .268 in 340 at-bats last season. He spent the previous five seasons in Milwaukee, making the All-Star team in 2007.

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