DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy continues to be bothered by right shoulder discomfort, and he received a cortisone shot Tuesday, according to manager Buck Showalter, to try to expedite the recovery.
"He's a little sore from [the injection] today, but he's getting there," Showalter said of Hardy, who last played Monday night. "I'm hoping he's a Friday player."
Team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens examined Hardy's shoulder Tuesday, and Wilckens and head athletic trainer Richie Bancells believe that the cortisone injection should resolve the issue completely.
"Just go ahead and not take any chances [with it]," Showalter said. "Go ahead and get it resolved. [I] hope that's the case. I'm hoping that he's a player on Friday."
Hardy was slowed by the same issue last spring and has said that he deals with shoulder soreness in camp every year. It only affects him throwing at game-speed and isn't an issue swinging the bat.