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.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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