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J.J. Hardy foot injury could lead to hot-hitting Pedro Alvarez and others in the Orioles lineup

J.J. Hardy foot injury could lead to hot-hitting Pedro Alvarez and others in the Orioles lineup

Twice over the weekend, manager Buck Showalter referenced the logjam of corner outfielders and designated hitter candidates that are hitting well as something he wasn’t going to make a problem out of. He knew, however, the “seas would part” for someone before long.

J.J. Hardy is a shortstop, but his foot injury and the possible absence that could follow might in a roundabout way create a spot to get some of those bats in the lineup. And it’s a player Showalter has said would end up needing his glove at some point this season who could benefit most: Pedro Alvarez.

The Orioles’ mid-spring addition to the hitting corps is rounding into form in the...

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