MRI on Hardy reveals strain

A magnetic resonance imaging taken Monday on shortstop J.J. Hardy revealed that he has a left oblique strain. That’s what he was initially ruled to have when Hardy exited Saturday’s game as well.

Hardy will be out a minimum of two weeks but it could be three according to Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. They will have to wait and see how the rehab goes. Hardy is expected to report to extended spring training in Saraosta and will get on a progression plan there.

I blogged yesterday about how Hardy could miss a significant amount of time. The average time missed in the Majors for this injury is about a month, but a lot of that depends on the severity of the strain. Judging by what MacPhail said, it doesn’t appear to be that bad.

The O’s could also speed up the process with guided injections. The team should have a better idea of Hardy’s timeline when he starts rehabbing.

In the meantime, the Orioles will go with Robert Andino and Cesar Izturis at shortstop.

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