With Uncertain Future, Orioles' J.J. Hardy Wants To Play On


By Rich Dubroff, PressBox

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been on the disabled list since he suffered a broken right wrist June 18, and while the veteran hasn't played, he's been a presence around the team.

When Tim Beckham, who has played shortstop for the Orioles since he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays July 31, was announced as the American League Player of the Week July 31, he pointed out that Hardy had helped him defensively.

"I've been in this position before. I was in this position in Milwaukee," Hardy said. "I felt like I tried to help Alcides Escobar out a lot, and he, in turn, was the guy who took my spot and made me leave Milwaukee. I see that most likely being the case here."


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