J. J. Hardy SS BAL 22 hours ago

Hardy (shoulder) took ground balls and batting practice Friday, and will do so again Saturday, but remains without a date for a rehab assignment, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hardy's timetable remains unclear at this point, but he's finally making some progress. He'll eventually go on a rehab assignment, and a few games in the minors should lead to a return to the major league roster. However, the club should provide an update as his return date draws nearer.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 2 days ago

Hardy (shoulder) is not ready to begin a rehab assignment, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hardy was hoping to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Friday, but he'll instead work out and take batting practice at Camden Yards. While he doesn't expect the eventual rehab assignment to last long, Hardy can probably be ruled out for the beginning of next week, with next weekend looking like a more realistic target.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 2 days ago

Hardy (shoulder) will work out at Double-A Bowie on Friday, but he has not yet been cleared to play in games, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Despite the seemingly discouraging news, Hardy could still be cleared in time for Double-A Bowie's game Friday night. Even if he can't start his rehab assignment until the weekend, Hardy may be able to join the Orioles at the beginning of next week, as he isn't expected to need many at-bats.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 3 days ago

Hardy (shoulder) took live batting practice Wednesday, MASN Sports reports.

If Hardy's shoulder responds well to the session Wednesday, he'll likely be sent on a rehab assignment Friday at Double-A Bowie. The veteran shortstop indicated he doesn't expect to require many at-bats in the minors before returning to the big league club, so his return from the disabled list seems plausible at some point next week.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 5 days ago

Hardy (shoulder) is schedule to hit soft toss Monday and remains a few days away from a rehab assignment, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Per the report, Hardy could continue solely hitting soft toss before starting to take batting practice, with a rehab stint likely to follow shortly after. The club remains optimistic that he'll be activated by the weekend, though that may get a bit delayed depending on when the shortstop starts his rehab assignment.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 7 days ago

Hardy (shoulder) appears headed to rehab at Double-A as soon as Thursday, MASN Sports reports.

Hardy has been fielding grounders and hitting off a tee while working out with the team in Baltimore. He would be nearby at the Double-A Bowie affiliate and that could mean a short rehab is in order before being activated. It is possible Hardy is activated by next weekend.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 1 week ago

Hardy (shoulder) took dry swings with a fungo bat Thursday, and he hopes to hit off a tee Friday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

Hardy is seemingly on track to start a minor-league rehab assignment early next week, and he may only need to play in a game or two. It was previously reported that he might be ready at some point this weekend, but that now seems to be out of the question.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 2 weeks ago

Hardy (shoulder) will be able to play in a rehab game with High-A Frederick sometime after Monday of next week, the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly reports.

He is ahead of schedule in his rehab and was taking part in baseball activities Tuesday afternoon. He may need more than one rehab outing, but in theory he should be back with Baltimore by next weekend if everything goes well.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 2 weeks ago

Hardy (shoulder) is ahead of schedule, as he's partaking in baseball activities Tuesday afternoon, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

Hardy fielded grounders and threw to all of the bases, so it seems he's almost ready for games. He's expected to return when first eligible on Apr. 11, with Everth Cabrera and Ryan Flaherty working at shortstop in the meantime. Flaherty hit a solo home run on Opening Day.

J. J. Hardy SS BAL 2 weeks ago

Hardy (shoulder) could return from the disabled list the first day he is eligible, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

Hardy earlier reported that his shoulder is progressing well and feeling much better, but he'll still start the season on the disabled list. He's due to return on April 11 and both he and manager Buck Showalter expressed their optimism that the 32-year-old will be healthy enough to be activated then. When he does return to the team, Hardy figures to slot in as the starting option at shortstop.