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Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy says hamstring injury is 'frustrating as hell'

BOSTON -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who left Sunday night's game in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring, said following the game that he doesn't know the severity of the injury.

Hardy has already missed six games this season with lower back spasms, and while he has recovered from those issues, he said they might have had something to do with his hamstring injury.

"Never had this before,” Hardy said. “When I came back from the back thing, I felt this hamstring was really tight. I don't know if it was from favoring the back or whatever. I've played through a little bit of soreness there since I've come back from the back. Tonight, it just kind of moved a little bit from where I had been playing with it. I don't know how serious it is.

“Frustrating, frustrating as hell,” he said. “It's just seems like one thing after another. And all this has just come up out of nowhere."

The Orioles said that Hardy is considered day-to-day, but Hardy said he was told by manager Buck Showalter that he won’t play in Monday’s 11:05 a.m. Patriots Day game at Fenway Park.

"He told me when I came out that he was planning on giving me tomorrow off anyway, and he just wanted to start it early,” Hardy said. I don't think I'd play tomorrow. If I have to, I probably could. I kind of wanted to stay in there tonight. If I did, who knows? Hindsight is always 20-20, but I guess I could have hurt it worse. I don't know because I haven't dealt with anything like this before.

"I have no idea if it’s a few [days] or what. If I can jog, it can't be that bad. I've seen guys hurt their hamstrings and can barely walk. I have no idea. I don't know how to describe it."

Hardy said he felt the tweak when he was running home from first base on David Lough’s RBI ground-rule double in the fifth inning.

“I didn't like the way he was describing it,” Showalter said. “He’s never had one before, so you don't really have anything to base it on. Certainly not going to take a chance in the middle of April. ... Not going to jeopardize that with an 11 o’clock game tomorrow."

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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