Hardy coming around after another injury - Tucson News Now

Hardy coming around after another injury

Tucson's J.J. Hardy takes a seven-game hit streak into the All-Star break (Photo courtesy: AP) Tucson's J.J. Hardy takes a seven-game hit streak into the All-Star break (Photo courtesy: AP)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It’s been another rough year for Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy.

The 2001 Sabino High School grad has dealt with an array of injuries over the last three seasons.

He missed 47 games earlier this year after fracturing his foot.

Hardy though is hot entering the All-Star break. He has a seven-game hitting streak (.407) with seven RBI and has raised his batting average 30 points.

The Tucsonan homered and drove in a pair of runs Sunday in the Orioles 4-2 win over the L.A. Angels.

Baltimore enters the break with a two game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

Hardy played 141 games in 2014 but did so for most of it with an ailing back.

He missed 48 games last season with shoulder and groin injuries.

Hardy averaged 26 home runs and 75 RBI between 2011-13. He was an All-Star in 2013 and won three consecutive Gold Glover awards during this decade (2012-14).

Those power numbers have dipped dramatically over the last three seasons. Hardy has just 20 home runs since the start of the 2014 season.

He is currently in the second year of a three-year contract $40m contract.

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