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J.J. Hardy scheduled to begin rehab assignment Friday

May 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

J.J. Hardy AP

Out since April 7 with a strained oblique muscle, J.J. Hardy is slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow at Triple-A.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was unsure how long the rehab stint would last, telling Robert Falkoff of MLB.com “we’ll see how long he needs [to be] there … they have a good, long homestand.”

Injuries played a big part in why the Twins traded Hardy to the Orioles this offseason and he lasted just six games before landing back on the DL.

Robert Andino has been the primary shortstop in Hardy’s absence and is hitting .293 with a .388 on-base percentage despite terrible career numbers coming into the season.

  1. andrewf16 - May 5, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Not only that, but Andino has been playing some fantastic defense. He’s definitely made the most out of his opportunity.

    • randomdigits - May 5, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      True but his current pace is unsustainable. I am ready for Hardy to come back before the inevitable Andino crash.

    • Panda Claus - May 5, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      Andino’s fantastic defense took the day off in that blowout loss @KC today. Dropped a double-play relay at 2nd and lost a pop-up in the sun that fell for a hit.

      I think Andino’s hitting above his grade right now and will likely even out if he’s in there playing at Hardy’s spot another two or three weeks.

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