J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
2 weeks ago

Hardy (back) will make his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Phillies, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy has been sidelined all spring while recovering from back spasms, but it looks like he's been cleared to play after taking live batting practice and fielding grounders over the last two days. The shortstop indicated that he wanted to get about 40 or 50 Grapefruit League at-bats in before spring training draws to a close, which should put him on track for Opening Day.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
2 weeks ago

Hardy (back) fielded ground balls and hit on the field Friday, saying his back felt great, and he could play a spring game in the next few days, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The shortstop has performed limited work this spring but looks ready to make an appearance with a few weeks left before the regular season starts. If he makes it through without issues, he'll again assume his AL-only value as a playing-time-fueled yet injury-prone starting option.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
2 weeks ago

Hardy (back) will fully participate in baseball activities Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy has been slowly eased back into action while dealing with an ailing back, but it appears the worst days are behind him. He began swinging a bat Monday and says he's nearly at full strength. The veteran shortstop will start taking grounders Friday and is likely to make his spring debut within the following days. When he does return to action, expect Hardy to see extra at-bats to get back on track for Opening Day.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
3 weeks ago

Hardy (back), who's been sidelined from baseball activities for more than a month, will begin swinging a bat Monday, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's been five weeks since Hardy has swung a bat or fielded ground balls. He admitted that getting back on March 10 -- as originally planned -- is unlikely, but doesn't believe it will long before he makes his spring debut. Hardy believe his back has fully healed, yet says the new challenge is getting into baseball form after sitting dormant for so long. The shortstop hopes to expedite his timetable by tracking bullpen sessions and logging extra at-bats in minor league games.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
3 weeks ago

Hardy (back) participated in baseball activities Sunday morning on the back fields of Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to manager Buck Showalter, Hardy was "getting after it", implying the 12-year veteran was moving pretty well. After averaging 147 games played in each of his first four seasons with the Orioles, Hardy has failed to top 115 over his past two campaigns. With an extending spring training in the works due to the World Baseball Classic, it appears the 34-year-old shortstop should be ready well in time for Opening Day.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
3 weeks ago

Hardy (back) hopes to return to baseball activities next week, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

The update comes via manager Buck Showalter, who noted that Hardy is progressing and "isn't too far behind schedule." Still, the Orioles will likely handle the veteran with caution throughout spring training, as Hardy has a history of back-related issues.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
1 month ago

Hardy said his back is feeling much better after yesterday's injection, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to Hardy, yesterday's treatment was done to "get over the hump." There's not much concern about his Opening Day status at this point, but it'd be reassuring for fantasy owners to see him back on the practice field soon.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
1 month ago

Hardy received a cortisone injection in his back, and manager Buck Showalter said it was scheduled, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxOnline.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy likely will sit a bit longer before resuming his spring preparation. Previous tests revealed no structural damage, so assuming he avoids setbacks, he should be set to roll on Opening Day.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
1 month ago

Hardy's tests on his back came back clean, according to manager Buck Showalter, and he could be able to play in exhibition games by March 10, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran underwent an MRI and a CT scan this week after starting to experience some back discomfort in late January. Fortunately, the tests didn't reveal anything worrisome, so Hardy will likely rest for the time being before resuming baseball activities later in spring training.

J.J. Hardy
SS BAL
1 month ago

Hardy has undergone an MRI and CT scan on his back and has one more test coming, but he's not concerned with the injury, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hardy said the pain started on Jan. 27, around the time of the Orioles' FanFest convention. The shortstop is aiming to be ready for baseball activities on March 1 so he can be ready for Opening Day. AL-only players should keep tabs on Hardy's progress before considering him as a midrange shortstop.