Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy admitted to The Baltimore Sun Thursday that he has had a torn labrum in his left shoulder this entire season.
Hardy, 33, did not play in the first 25 games of the season after injuring his non-throwing shoulder during training camp, but the team reported the injury as a sprain rather than a tear.
Hardy says that the injury has negatively affected his offensive performance. The shortstop is having a dismal season, batting .213, which is the worst percentage of his career.
Hardy does not plan on having surgery, but instead says he will rest his shoulder and then strengthen it in the offseason. He previously injured the same shoulder as a minor leaguer in 2004 and underwent an extensive surgery that included repairing his labrum.
- Xandria James