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Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL BRIEF: J.J. HARDY UNDERGOES MRI ON BACK, BAD SIGNS ALL AROUND

                                                              

While he was not much of a base stealer, Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was an annually affordable fantasy baseball asset that was good for 20-25 home runs and solid counting stats in runs and RBI to go with a .265-ish average,  There was something to be said for Hardy's consistency and while I always preach going with speed from your middle infielders, Hardy was a good buy almost every year for those who had their speed covered elsewhere.  Alas the end is near for Hardy who has dealt with serious injuries the last two years and already a week into spring training is now headed for an MRI on his back.  That sounds very ominous for a guy like Hardy who is 34 and hit just 9 home runs in 405 at-bats last season.  The Orioles seem very concerned here and so anyone in AL-only formats who had some mild interest in Hardy should get ready to remove him from your draft sheets.  in mixers, Hardy should not be drafted even as a a backup.


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