NEW YORK –J.J. Hardy could return to the Orioles on Thursday when they begin a series against the Yankees, manager Buck Showalter said.
Hardy, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, is scheduled to play his third rehab game for Bowie on Wednesday night. He was 3-for-8 in the first two games.
“It’s possible. It’s possible. We’ll see how the night goes, see how he feels,” Showalter said. “He’s not having any problems with his shoulder, knock on wood. He could stay down there two weeks, which he legally can do, he’s going to have some adjustments in the big leagues.”
Showalter won’t leave the decision up to Hardy.
"He’s passed everything physically. We’d lean on J.J. to a point. There are some things I wouldn’t ask him that he shouldn’t have to decide. It’s not fair to him. When you get to know a guy like we know J.J., he knows what’s needed and expected at this level so he’s very close. We’re just hoping we can get through tonight," Showalter said.
Ryan Flaherty (groin) is also on the DL, but he can’t be activated until Friday. Flaherty may travel with Hardy.
NOTES: Matt Wieters was the designated hitter in an extended spring game in Sarasota, Fla. He is scheduled to catch six or seven innings on Thursday. … Wesley Wright (left shoulder) will throw off a full mound on Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list on Apr. 11. … Hunter Harvey (shin) will throw three innings in a minor league spring game on Monday. … Steve Pearce (illness) would be the DH if this was an American League game, Showalter said.
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