Hardy Leaves Game with Back Spasms
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brewers shortstop J.J. Hardy left Milwaukee's game Friday at Minnesota in the fourth inning because of back spasms, but said the injury wasn't serious.
Hardy got the Brewers' first hit Friday, a double off the right-field wall in the top of the fourth. But Hardy's back began to bother him while he was on base, and he was replaced in the bottom of the inning by Bill Hall.
Hall went to third base while Craig Counsell moved to shortstop and Casey McGehee switched to second base.
Hardy said he's had the problem before, but this was a mild occurrence. He said he's day to day.
Manager Ken Macha said before the game he wanted to give the struggling Hall two days off in this series. Hall came into the game in a 2-for-27 slump.
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