Hardy, Davis could return to lineup on Monday

Hardy, Davis could return to lineup on Monday

Hardy, Davis could return to lineup on Monday
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles received good news on Sunday as a CT scan of J.J. Hardy's left ankle and an MRI on Chris Davis' right shoulder each revealed no structural damage. Both players hope to return to the starting lineup on Monday against the White Sox.

Both infielders were sidelined for Baltimore's three-game series against the Blue Jays, despite saying they were experiencing minimal to no pain. Davis said his shoulder has "a little bit of damage to the rotator cuff and labrum ... just some wear-and-tear from over the years of throwing," while scans on Hardy did not reveal any injury other than soreness.

"Yeah, [Davis and Hardy are] progressing well and excited about what we got back from the CT scan and MRI," manager Buck Showalter said. "[We] feel like it's pretty imminent that they're back on the field shortly."

Hardy and Davis rested on Sunday and will test the ankle and shoulder, respectively, prior to Monday's 7:05 p.m. game. Both could play if they don't experience any problems.

"It was good news, definitely," Hardy said. "[There's] nothing wrong with the bone structure or anything with the bone. Looks like, take another day kind of easy today, don't test it, really, and hopefully tomorrow test it, and if it feels good, I'll play."

In their absence, the Orioles have been forced to use a reworked infield, with slugger Mark Reynolds moving from third to first and Robert Andino filling in at shortstop. In the first two games of their series against Toronto, the Baltimore defense has been solid, committing no errors and turning two double plays in Saturday's 6-2 win.

Showalter said he likes having a versatile infielder in Reynolds, who made some impressive scoops at first on Saturday en route to 11 putouts.

"[Reynolds] has played a good number of games at first base in the big leagues, and it was something that we talked about -- the 'what-ifs' -- in the offseason when we traded for Mark," Showalter said. "I just look at it as a luxury to have two guys who can play first and two guys who can play third in Chris and Mark."