Hardy has dealt with spasms throughout the season. In April, he missed six games (and five in a row) due to the injury. In August, he missed another game before the spasms flared up again at the start of September. Utility infielder Ryan Flaherty has filled in at shortstop during Hardy's absences this season.
Hardy is batting .281 this season with nine home runs -- his fewest since 2010, when he was with the Twins.
David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.