J.J. Hardy returns to Orioles lineup in Game 1 of doubleheader against Yankees

September 12, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

Overshadowed by the pregame news that Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been suspended for 25 games for violating MLB's drug policy is that shortstop J.J. Hardy, who has been nursing nagging lower back problems, is back in the starting lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Yankees.

Hardy left the club Monday in Boston and received a cortisone shot back in Baltimore. Hardy said he also received additional treatment on Thursday’s off day, including a Toradol injection, and he swung at 80 percent.

Before Friday's game, Hardy said he hoped to swing at 100 percent before the game before returning, but he was in the starting lineup for Game 1.

Asked if he would be able to play in both games of the doubleheader, Hardy said it would likely be unwise to do so.

“It’s hard to say,” he said. “I think we’ve been smart this whole time about trying not to rush back and keeping the big picture in mind. If I play the first and if I feel great, maybe, but probably not. It wouldn’t be smart.”

Here are the starting lineups for Game 1:

Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Kelly Johnson 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Kevin Gausman RHP

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Martin Prado 3B
Brian McCann DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan SS
Antoan Richardson RF
Brandon McCarthy RHP

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