Ruben Tejada

Tim Beckham starting for Orioles at shortstop — for now

Tim Beckham starting for Orioles at shortstop — for now

The Orioles acquired Tim Beckham at Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline to fill the starting shortstop position in J.J. Hardy’s absence. But as Beckham joined his new club and started Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, manager Buck Showalter made it clear the job remains Hardy’s once he returns from a broken right wrist.

Moments after the Orioles made the deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to get Beckham – a former No. 1 overall pick who remains under team control for the next three years and even has a minor-league option – Showalter called Hardy into his office. He didn’t want Hardy have any uncertainty about his immediate future.

“Like I told J.J. yesterday, when J.J. comes...

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