NEW YORK --- J.J. Hardy should be in the Orioles lineup on Tuesday when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list. Hardy had a sore left groin.
“Probably a go about yesterday, but he needed this period, I think. He’s got a lot of physical issues that he’s got behind him now, I hope. He’s ready to go tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting him back,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Hardy did not go on a minor league rehab assignment, but stayed with the club instead.
“We are going to go out there and do everything I've been doing the last week or so. I don't anticipate any problems. See if [Showalter] writes my name in the lineup tomorrow,” Hardy said.
“I’m eager. I’ve been eager for a while now. So for me, this has been a frustrating couple weeks. But I’m excited to get back out there with my teammates.”
Showalter said that he’s glad the team put Hardy on the DL.
“He had some other issues that weren’t going to heal until the season’s over. I think he’s going to come back and finish strong. I hope so. You can only do that by taking that time and we felt like he would have really have some challenges physically. He needed to get them taken care of, and hopefully he did,” Showalter said.
Hardy didn’t want to dispute the decision.
“I don't want to go down that road. You never know because say I wait a day or two and went back out there and re-aggravated it, it could have been something I deal with all year,” Hardy said.
“But we did it this way. I guess we know it’s worked this way.”
The Orioles are 49-42 when Hardy plays and 16-29 when he doesn’t.
“It stinks for me because I know my teammates are going through a lot of things and they are still playing. And I get a little tweak in my groin and have to miss two weeks. It’s frustrating for me in that way,” Hardy said.
Hardy will be attending the evening session of the U.S. Open tonight. He’s gotten to go several times in recent years when the Orioles were in New York during the tournament, and yes, he’s picking Serena Williams to win the Grand Slam.
NOTES: Outfielder Dariel Alvarez is expected to rejoin the Orioles after Frederick’s season ends today. Alvarez was sent down to the Keys because visa issues prevented him from playing In Canada.
“We’ll see what other moves we might make tomorrow,” Showalter said.
Tyler Wilson, who pitched on Sunday for Norfolk, will make at least one more start for the Tides before rejoining the Orioles. … Director of Player Development Brian Graham is with the team for the next six games as an extra coach. Pitching rehabilitation coordinator Scott McGregor is expected to be with the team this weekend. Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin aren’t available because the Tides are in the playoffs. Bowie manager Gary Kendall and pitching coach Alan Mills are also unavailable because the Baysox are also in the playoffs. … Showalter said that Paul Janish, who has often played shortstop in Hardy’s absence could play elsewhere in the infield or outfield.