Here’s another tale of toughness from inside the
For the past two days, Hardy has been dealing with a painful hangnail on his right middle finger, and on Wednesday Hardy said it became so difficult to throw that he was gripping the ball with just three fingers.
"J.J.'s battling through a lot of things right now that most people would be sitting on the bench with," Showalter said. "Last thing he told me is, 'If you think I'm coming out with a bad finger...'"
Not in the middle of a playoff race.
Hardy played, and went 2-for-3 with two runs, while making several key defensive plays (6 assists and 3 putouts). After the game, Hardy said it was "one of the most painful games I've ever played through" because the nail kept cutting into the right side of his finger every time he touched the ball.
After the game, he had the finger numbed and the hangnail was cut straight off. He hoped that Thursday's day off would provide some much-needed rest.
Hardy, the cornerstone of the Orioles' infield, has also played through a sore shoulder all season long. He had a cortisone injection in