BALTIMORE – J.J. Hardy received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder on Saturday, and the Orioles hope that will accelerate his return to the field. Hardy, who injured the shoulder on March 27, has yet to play this season.
“Just trying to give him some help getting that last little discomfort out of there. We almost did it three or four days ago but J.J. thought it was really progressing, thought it might leave while he was in Norfolk,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I’m hoping this is the last step, if not then, I don’t want to think about that.”
Hardy was working out with the Tides this week. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday, and Showalter hopes he can finally go on a brief rehab assignment, perhaps next week. Bowie is home next weekend.
“All the fielding, BP, soft toss that part of it, I’d leave that up to him, but at first blush should be three to four games, something like that. What happens if we get an injury and he’s two days into it? He has stayed pretty connected to the baseball activity other than the games,” Showalter said.
Wesley Wright, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder, will resume throwing shortly, Showalter said. Hunter Harvey, the Orioles’ No. 1 draft choice in 2013, who’s been out since being hit by a ball in a minor league game last month, has resumed throwing and will have a side session in the next day or two.
Jonathan Schoop, who’s out with a sprained right knee, has seen the swelling in the knee reduced. Schoop has a brace on his knee and is expected to be out six-to-eight weeks.
Showalter is confident that Ryan Flaherty (groin) will be ready to play when he’s eligible on May 8.