BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On Saturday, the Orioles reinstated Yovani Gallardo and and J.J. Hardy from the 15-day disabled list and optioned T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk.
Hardy had been on the disabled list with a fractured bone in his left foot for the past seven weeks, but on Friday he was participating in pregame activities and by Saturday morning he was activated to play.
J.J. Hardy says missing 42 games felt much longer. “Seven weeks, yeah, felt like a lot longer than that. But I feel good, I feel fine.”
J.J. Hardy stepped back into the role of shortstop as Manny Machado began serving his suspension.
Machado will take a couple of days to rest up while sitting out three more games. Here’s what Manny had to say about Ventura’s sentence being reduced and his remaining the same: “I think we had a good case…It’s not right that he’s going to be missing one start and I’m going to be missing four games. I think I’m more valuable as a player for my teammates than he is as a starter,” said Machado.