J.J. Hardy aiming to return from back injury on Monday

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Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was hoping that a day off last Tuesday would solve his lower back spasms, but he did not feel well enough to play on Saturday and he is out of Baltimore’s starting lineup again for Sunday afternoon’s series finale in Tampa Bay.

Hardy told MASN’s Roch Kubatko that he hopes to return to action Monday night when the O’s travel to Boston’s Fenway Park and simply didn’t want to risk a flareup on the unforgiving turf at Tropicana Field.

Baltimore boasts an MLB-high 8 1/2 game lead in the American League East standings, allowing for caution with minor injuries. Ryan Flaherty is filling in at shortstop Sunday versus the Rays as the Orioles try to avoid a three-game sweep.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.