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“It feels similar to everything I’ve had in the past and it’s just kind of just spasms, and they go away and I’m normal until I take time off and start swinging again the next spring. That’s about all I know.”
Manager Buck Showalter said the preliminary results of the MRI and a CT scan were encouraging. The team was still waiting late Friday for the results of a bone scan to ascertain whether the discomfort is the result of any structural damage to his vertebrae.
If that also shows nothing unusual, Hardy could be ready to resume workouts in early March and enter the team’s exhibition lineup about 10 days after that.
“We’ve got an idea what we’re dealing with and it’s nothing that we haven’t managed in the past, ” Showalter said. “He wouldn’t have played before March 5 anyway. I told [head trainer Richie Bancells], ‘If everything checked out well, when can I expect him to be on the field playing?’ And it’s not that long after that, so nothing’s in jeopardy.”
Hardy’s playing schedule already had been cut back for a couple of reasons. Spring training has been stretched to more than seven weeks this year to accommodate the World Baseball Classic, so Showalter has said all along he will tread lightly with his veteran players during the early exhibition games.
Also, Manny Machado has been projected as the starting shortstop for the Dominican Republic team, so Showalter gave him the option of playing as much shortstop as possible before leaving for the WBC.
Hardy has grappled with a variety of injuries over the course of his Orioles career and spent time on the disabled list last year with a fractured bone in his left foot. But the team can take some comfort in the fact that he experienced nagging back problems throughout the 2014 season and did not spend a day on the DL.
“Compared to 2014, I think, it happened the first week of the season, it started spasming, and then I was able to stay off the DL, ” Hardy said, “but I came back way too soon, and it lingered kind of the whole year. So it’s nice it happened now and we can kind of get ahead of it before the season actually starts, so that’s a good thing.”
Though there should be enough time for Hardy to get ready for Opening Day if all goes well, the three-week window between his projected first exhibition game and the start of the regular season doesn’t leave much room for a setback.
“I’m not going to say I’m not that concerned, but when we get this other test back, I’ll have a pretty good feel for what we’re looking at, ” Showalter said. “I don’t want to jinx us by getting ahead, but so far so good. It’s just something we want to take care of and not slow-play and then a week from now we start doing these tests. Let’s just get it done now so we know what we’re dealing with.”