BALTIMORE—Last year, the Orioles were 17-33 without J.J. Hardy in the starting lineup. This year, they’re much better. 

In games Hardy hasn’t started this year, they’re 8-3. Hardy suffered a  hairline fracture in his left foot on May 1, and they’re 7-2 since then. 

The Orioles will be without Hardy for at least several more weeks as he rehabs the foot. Late next week, he’ll go to Sarasota, Fla. for rehab. 

“Last year, when I went on the DL, and I’m not saying it has anything to do with me going on the DL, but I think it was that stretch where they lost a bunch in a row and knocked us out of contention,” Hardy said. 

“There’s nothing I can do, but hope that when I come back, we’re still in first place. That would be nice.” 

Hardy says he’s not sure how to gauge his injury because he hasn’t tested it. That will come shortly when the boot is taken off. 

“It’s hard to even really give it a grade just because I have no idea what it’s going to feel like“It doesn’t hurt and it hasn’t hurt since basically the second day. I don’t know how to grade it on how it’s doing because it’s not like every day I can go, ‘It’s getting a little better,’ because we’re not testing it or anything,” Hardy said. 


NOTES: Pitching coach Dave Wallace will be away from the club for the next four games. Scott McGregor, the coordinator of pitching development will fill in. … Showalter said that the big test for Yovani Gallardo, who will throw on Saturday for the first time since injuring his shoulder on Apr. 22, will be on Sunday when he sees how he’s feeling. Gallardo will throw 25 times from 60 feet on flat ground.