JJ Hardy has been toughing it out all season, playing with an injury. The Orioles shortstop has been playing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder for the entirety of the season, according to the Baltimore Sun (his non-throwing arm).
Hardy previously injured the shoulder in 2004 as a minor leaguer and had the surgery to have it fixed, but has opted to let rest heal the shoulder this time around. With the Orioles not qualifying for the playoffs he'll have extra time to nurse the shoulder.
Hardy did miss 25 games at the beginning of the season with an injury and since then has restructured his swing to not aggravate the shoulder and injury.
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With the season that Hardy has had, with career low numbers this recent news helps in part to explain his performance. Most of his troubles came at the plate as the Gold Glove-winning fielder only committed three errors all season long.
His average this season hit a career low .213 and along with his normal swing, his power seems to have disappeared as well. Hardy hit only 21 extra base hits this year and all Orioles shortstops this year have a slugging percentage of .293.
They are the only team in the MLB to have a slugging percentage below .300 at the position. Since Hardy played 111 games this year, most of that falls on him. So while he has had a sub- par year at the plate a lot of it is now explainable.
Talking to Eduardo Encina of the Sun, Hardy told him that his recovery from this injury will play a role in how long he will remain a big league ballplayer. Confident that he will get stronger, but nothing is ever confirmed especially with his age.
Tell us in the comments, should JJ Hardy have surgery to repair his torn labrum?