Hardy hoping to return Friday vs. Tigers

March 29, 2012|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

SARASOTA, Fla. — Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder Tuesday, said he is hoping to throw Friday and could get into the Orioles’ game that afternoon against the Detroit Tigersif all goes well.  

“I’m hoping when I throw tomorrow I’ll just feel like nothing’s wrong and I’ll be able to go from there,” said Hardy, who last played Monday night in Bradenton.

Hardy, who has been dealing with the soreness in his shoulder for several weeks, said he had never had a cortisone shot in his shoulder before. The soreness he is feeling, he said, is typical for the spring.

“Every year, I’ve said before, I’ve had it and it goes away the first couple of weeks of spring. This year it’s just taking a while,” said Hardy, who is hitting .278 with a .381 on-base percentage, one homer and two RBIs in 36 at-bats over 13 games. “So we are just basically kind of taking it easy and, hopefully, a couple days off, we’ll get over the hump and I’ll be fine.”

Hardy rested the shoulder Wednesday and Thursday per team orders. He said he doesn’t feel any soreness when he swings a bat, just when he throws. If it were the regular season, he said he would play through it, so there’s no question in his mind that Opening Day, April 6, is not in jeopardy.

“No chance,” Hardy said. “Even the way it was this spring, I was playing through it. I can play through that.”

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