J.J. Hardy to undergo MRA on ailing shoulder

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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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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