Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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O's starting SS Hardy out 4-6 weeks

BALTIMORE — Orioles SS J.J. Hardy will be sidelined for at least a month with a hairline fracture in his left foot.

The injury occurred Sunday, when Hardy fouled a ball off his foot in the fourth inning against the White Sox.

Baltimore was off Monday. Manager Buck Showalter said he expected Hardy to be out 4-6 weeks.

Hardy is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled today, before the Orioles open a three-game series against the Yankees.

A three-time Gold Glove winner, Hardy has continued to play strong defense this season. He's batting .244 with a .291 on-base percentage and a .410 slugging percentage in 22 games.

Manny Machado will likely move from third base to shortstop during Hardy's absence, with Ryan Flaherty taking over at third. Machado, an elite defender at third, has played four games at shortstop this season, including two starts. He was predominantly a shortstop through his minor-league career.

SUSPENSION: Dodgers RH reliever Josh Ravin is facing an 80-game suspension for using a banned substance. Ravin, who has spent the year on the disabled list after breaking his left arm in a car accident during spring training, tested positive for a banned peptide, according to Yahoo Sports.

BRAVES: OF Ender Inciarte, on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment this week. … The contract of former Rays INF Reid Brignac was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett, and INF Jace Peterson was optioned to Gwinnett as part of a flurry of moves. INF/OF Chase d'Arnaud and OF Matt Tuiasosopo were promoted from Triple A, RHP John Gant was optioned to Triple A and OF Drew Stubbs was designated for assignment.

GIANTS: With OF Angel Pagan sidelined by a mildly strained left hamstring, OF Mac Williamson was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

REDS: C Devin Mesoraco went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. SS Zack Cozart was out of the lineup with soreness in his surgically rebuilt right knee. And RHPs Homer Bailey and Anthony DeSclafani suffered setbacks during minor-league rehab stints and won't be allowed to throw for at least a few more days.

RED SOX: 3B Pablo Sandoval, who is in the second year of a five-year, $95 million deal, will have surgery on his injured left shoulder this week and could miss the rest of the season. The team didn't specify the type of surgery.

TWINS: RHP Ervin Santana, on the disabled list with a lower back strain, is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in a simulated game today.

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