BALTIMORE – J.J. Hardy received a cortisone injection on Saturday, and after three days of rest, was scheduled to swing a bat for the first time since on Wednesday.
“The cortisone has worked,” Hardy said.
He’ll be traveling with the Orioles this weekend to Tampa Bay for more workouts. Presumably, if those go well, Hardy could finally start a rehab assignment next week.
“Probably not for those three days when we’re in Tampa, but hopefully when we come back here after Tampa. It would be nice to go play somewhere,” Hardy said.
“Last time I thought two weekends ago was realistic, and then it didn’t work out, and then I figured last weekend was going to be it, and it didn’t work out. I’m really not putting a timetable on it, but I’m hoping. I’m hoping for it.”
Manager Buck Showalter knows the Orioles are a different team with Hardy.
"I think more than anything you miss the ball security. The presence, the consistency. Knowing what you have. J.J. kicks a ball or does something you know it’s one of those things that just happens three or four times a year. That’s what you miss, the sureness. If there’s a ball bounding out you like the way its going to end up most of the time. Ball security. Like a point guard, you know the guy is going to get the ball up the court with someone guarding him," Showalter said. "I miss a lot of things about him."
NOTES: Matt Wieters will catch on Thursday in an extended spring game in Sarasota, Fla. … Ryan Flaherty (groin) will probably go on a rehab assignment next week. Showalter expects him back on May 8 when he’s eligible to return. … Wesley Wright (left shoulder) should begin to throw next week. Showalter thinks his rehab will go quickly. … Jonathan Schoop (right knee) had fluid drained. He should be able to begin strengthening exercises.
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