BALTIMORE – J.J. Hardy won’t be ready for a rehab assignment until he takes batting practice for two consecutive days without feeling pain in his left shoulder manager Buck Showalter said.
“I’m anxious to hear how it went because it would be two days in a row hitting live with a coach,” Showalter said. “He’s got to have a couple of days where it’s not an issue for him at all.”
Hardy is working out with Norfolk, and with all the minor league affiliates on the road next week, the shortstop could be playing in Buffalo with the Tides.
“If he doesn’t feel good in the next couple of days for some reason or doesn’t seem to be progressing like we hoped, he’ll probably come back here.”
Ryan Flaherty’s disabling groin strain will not accelerate Hardy’s return, Showalter said.
Matt Wieters threw twice to bases on Thursday in Sarasota in an intrasquad game, once to second and another to third. He played in an extended spring game on Friday.
“You can tell he’s got a purpose with everything he’s doing there,” Showalter said.
There’s no estimate on when Wieters, who’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery, will be ready for a rehab.
Wesley Wright, who’s eligible to come off the DL on Sunday, needs to get more strength in his left shoulder before he can pitch again.
“I think we’ll see a little more crisp Wesley when he gets back going again. I really do,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Showalter will leave the club on Saturday to attend the memorial service for his father-in-law in Nashville. John Russell will fill in while he’s gone.
-Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells is absent to attend his induction in the Eastern Kentucky University Hall of Fame.
-Norfolk catcher Steve Clevenger is on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a bruised left thumb. Tides infielder Jayson Nix is out with a neck spasm.