Hardy DL’ed; Bergesen Back

The Orioles have placed SS JJ Hardy on the 15 day disabled list with a strained oblique. RHP Brad Bergesen was recalled from AAA Norfolk.

Hardy was off to a good start before he had some pain in his ribcage. He missed a couple games before trying to come back in the nightcap of the doubleheader against the Rangers. Unfortunately he only lasted one at bat, clearly aggravating the injury on his first swing and later striking out looking. At first it looked like he would be out for 4 to 6 weeks but it was found to be better than expected and he’ll only miss 2 to 3 weeks. Hardy is a big loss. We can plug Cesar Izturis in there and not lose anything defensively but its a huge drop off at the plate. Instead of having a lineup without a weak spot, we’ll have a black hole at the bottom. We’ve just got to fight through it and hope Hardy comes back strong sooner rather than later. One of the strikes against him is that hes injury prone so this shouldn’t be too big of a surprise for the O’s. Its a contract year for him so he’ll need to stay healthy once he comes back if he wants to get a nice contract at the end of the year.

Bergesen is being yo-yo’ed to start the season. He got off to a poor start in spring training then he was hit in the forearm by a line drive, sidelining him for about a week. He started the season in the bullpen with the idea of eventually becoming the fifth starter but was called into action earlier than expected when Jeremy Guthrie came down with pneumonia, getting hit around a bit in his only start so far. He was optioned to AAA Norfolk when the O’s were in need of an extra bullpen arm for the Texas double header. He was scheduled to start Monday’s game for Norfolk but joined the big league team in New York to start Wednesday. Last night’s game was rained out so he won’t be needed to start until Sunday. He’ll be available in the bullpen over the next couple days to keep his arm fresh. I’m sure all hes asking for is some consistency so he can get in some kind of groove.

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