Orioles' J.J. Hardy sidelined at least a month
BALTIMORE — Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will be sidelined for at least a month with a hairline fracture in his left foot.
The injury occurred Sunday, when Hardy fouled a ball off his foot in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox.
Baltimore was off Monday. Manager Buck Showalter said he expected Hardy to be out 4-6 weeks.
Hardy is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled Tuesday, before the Orioles open a three-game series against the New York Yankees.
A three-time Gold Glove winner, Hardy has played errorless ball over 22 games this season. He's batting .244 with two homers and eight RBIs.
Manny Machado will likely move from third base to shortstop during Hardy's absence. Machado has played four games at shortstop this season, including two starts.
The 33-year-old Hardy was limited to 114 games last season because of a variety of injuries.
Machado honored: Machado has been voted the American League Player of the Month for April.
Machado batted .344 (33-for-96) with 20 runs scored, 10 doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBIs over 23 games to claim his first career Player of the Month Award and the first for the Orioles since Chris Davis took home AL Player of the Month honors in April 2013. The 23-year-old finished the month first in hits, batting average and slugging percentage (.667), tied for first in extra-base hits (17), tied for second in runs scored, was third in doubles and tied for third in home runs.