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Back spasms keeping J.J. Hardy out of the Orioles’ lineup

Baltimore Orioles v Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 17: J.J. Hardy #2 of the Baltimore Orioles hits an RBI double in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 17, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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Initially when J.J. Hardy sat out a game last week with back spasms the Orioles said it was merely a precautionary move early in a long season, but the shortstop had to skip Sunday’s game with more back spasms.

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the latest issue is actually in a different spot in Hardy’s back, but says “it’s still a concern” for the 31-year-old.

Ryan Flaherty moved from third base to shortstop to sub for Hardy, who missed a lot of time with various injuries early in his career but played 158 games in 2012 and 159 games in 2013 for the Orioles. He’s the winner of back-to-back Gold Glove awards and topped 20 homers in each of the past three seasons.

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