Updates on Hardy and Lough

SARASOTA, Fla.— Shortstop J.J. Hardy is expected to start a rehab assignment next week with Class-A Frederick, a welcome sign that has the infielder ahead of schedule in his recovery from a left shoulder strain.

Hardy was out on the field prior to the O’s-Rays game at Tropicana Field taking infield for the second time since the injury and said Tuesday’s session was a lot better than the previous one.

Hardy can be activated from the 15-day disabled list anytime after Saturday and manager Buck Showalter said he won’t get into a rehab game until after Monday.  The Gold Glover may not need a length rehab given that he played in a good chunk of spring games.

David Lough (hamstring) did not play in Tuesday’s intrasquad game and it’s looking less likely that he will be activated on Saturday. Lough did participate in baseball activities down in Sarasota, Fla. on Tuesday and is hoping to play Wednesday, but only if he’s 100 percent.

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