J.J. Hardy due back from the disabled list tonight

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J.J. Hardy has been out since April 10 with a strained oblique muscle, but Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles’ shortstop is expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the lineup for tonight’s game.

Hardy went 2-for-9 with three walks in three games rehabbing at Triple-A and the Orioles decided there was no use in asking him to play a fourth game yesterday, which is presumably a good sign.

Injuries are the primary reason why the Twins traded Hardy to the Orioles in the first place, but when healthy he’s an elite defensive shortstop with an above-average bat for the position. However, the Orioles haven’t missed him a whole lot thanks to Robert Andino uncharacteristically posting a .390 on-base percentage in his absence.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.