The Orioles will already be without Matt Wieters on Opening Day as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery and now suddenly J.J. Hardy’s status is also in question.
Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that Hardy will undergo an MRA of his left shoulder on Monday after he jammed it during Friday’s game. He wasn’t feeling much improvement today and took an anti-inflammatory, so he’ll rest for a couple of days at the very least.
Per Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the MRA will involve the injection of dye into the shoulder. Hardy previously had surgery in 2004 to repair a torn labrum, so the MRA isn’t expected to come back clean, but doctors will be able to determine if there’s a new injury. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Everth Cabrera is a candidate to play shortstop if Hardy needs to miss some time.
Hardy, 32, batted .268/.309/.372 with nine home runs and 52 RBI across 141 games last season while winning his third straight Gold Glove award.