Hardy likely a DL situation (updated with Hardy, Showalter quotes)
Buck Showalter said unless there is a major change, J.J. is likely headed to the DL with an oblique strain. Showalter said he really hurt it on a swing in the second inning.
"Unless something in the early diagnosis is way off, it looks like he is headed to the DL," Showalter said.
It is in a slightly different spot than the previous muscle soreness that cost Hardy to miss two games.
"It sucks. I came in today feeling like everything was gone, it was nothing. I took some swings in the cage and everything was gone. I took that first swing in the game and it just kind of grabbed on me," Hardy said. "It’s a little bit further in the back than kind of on the side where it was. I think it still could be the same oblique, just maybe a different spot. I don’t know."
Hardy will have a MRI on Monday, but expect a DL stint. A corresponding move is still being hashed out -- either a pitcher or maybe a catcher.
"We are going to talk some more but (Andy MacPhail) has had seven innings to think about it. So I am sure he has his hands around what our best move is," Showalter said.
Jeremy Guthrie will start Sunday. Wednesday's starter is undecided. Chris Tillman likely will pitch Tuesday's series opener at Yankee Stadium.
"As we said before, (the rotation) will be a moving target for a few days until we get our arms around Guthrie. He feels good, doctors feel good about it and he is ready to go tomorrow," Showalter said.