J.J. Hardy nearing minor league rehab assignment

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided good news Tuesday on the status of shortstop J.J. Hardy, who had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Opening Day because of a left shoulder strain.

Hardy will take dry swings on Wednesday and then progress to live batting practice. If that all goes well, MASN’s Roch Kubatko says he should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week with the High-A Frederick Keys.

Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera are filling in at shortstop for the Orioles in the early going. Flaherty slugged a solo home run in Monday’s opener.