Baltimore is already without J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop, and now Ryan Flaherty has joined them on a disabled list filled with infielders.
Flaherty, who first took over at shortstop during Hardy’s absence with a shoulder injury and then moved to second base when Schoop went down with a knee injury, was placed on the shelf with a strained groin.
That leaves Everth Cabrera and Jimmy Paredes as the Orioles’ double-play duo, and Triple-A call-up Rey Navarro could also see some action.
Rough news here for the Orioles, as Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been diagnosed with a right PCL injury (a Grade 1 tear) and an MCL sprain.
Schoop was taken out on a slide from Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval last night, but Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun notes that the injury actually happened when he stepped on first base awkwardly later on in the game. No word on the timeline for his return, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter is hopeful that he’ll return at some point this season.
Schoop was off to a nice start so far this season, batting .259 (7-for-27) with three home runs and a .940 OPS over nine games. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera will both start for the Orioles now, but they’ll compete for at-bats at second base once shortstop J.J. Hardy is ready to come off the disabled list.
A lot of people dislike Alex Rodriguez because he draws attention to himself, thinks he’s more important than he is and doesn’t follow rules. Not at all like this dude:
This guy is probably a lot of fun to talk to at the office. I bet he has a lot of opinions and stuff.
I wonder if he pulled this stuff when Orioles shortstop Everth Cabrera, also a Biogenesis All-Star, came to bat last night. Or, for that matter, when Nelson Cruz did last year. Or Chris Davis or, well, you see how this goes.
UPDATE: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post interviewed him. And, no, he doesn’t turn his back on Orioles PED guys. Why? Because A-Rod is “the worst.” Basically, he comes off about how you’d expect him to come off. Like an attention-seeking blowhard.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided good news Tuesday on the status of shortstop J.J. Hardy, who had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Opening Day because of a left shoulder strain.
Hardy will take dry swings on Wednesday and then progress to live batting practice. If that all goes well, MASN’s Roch Kubatko says he should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week with the High-A Frederick Keys.
Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera are filling in at shortstop for the Orioles in the early going. Flaherty slugged a solo home run in Monday’s opener.
Baltimore will be without starting shortstop J.J. Hardy to begin the season, as the Orioles announced that he’s been shut down for at least 10 days with a strained left shoulder.
Hardy has struggled with injuries for much of his career, but played 141, 159, and 158 games for the Orioles during the past three seasons. Last year he hit just nine homers to snap a streak of 20 or more three years in a row, but won another Gold Glove award and then inked a three-year, $40 million contract extension in October.
Everth Cabrera, who was the Padres’ starting shortstop for most of the past three seasons, looks likely to fill in for Hardy.