The Baltimore Orioles on Monday placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist fracture and selected the contract of Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk.
Hardy, who suffered the injury Sunday after being hit by a fastball from St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, is expected to miss up to two months. The Orioles hope to get Hardy back to baseball-related activities after a four-to-six-week healing period.
The Orioles entered Monday in fourth place in the American League East and 4.5 games back of the first-place New York Yankees. They were also a game back of the second American League Wild Card spot. Baltimore’s disabled list already includes Chris Davis, Zach Britton and Darren O’Day.
“I didn’t know it would be broken,” Hardy told MLB.com on Monday after undergoing a CT scan. “It was definitely sore and it was hurt, but I didn’t know it would be something broken.”
Through 64 games this season, Hardy has slashed .211/.248/.308 with three homers and 21 RBIs, making 62 starts at shortstop. Hardy was hitting .250 with three doubles and three RBIs over his last five games. He’s played in at least 100 games in each of his previous six seasons with the Orioles.
Janish, who the Orioles signed in February and designated for assignment on June 6, will likely team with Ruben Tejada to replace Hardy. Janish was called up to the Orioles in late May and went 0-for-5 before being designated for assignment.
Baltimore acquired Tejada from the New York Yankees on June 4 and has slashed .250/.286/.350 through 20 at-bats.