Updating J.J. Hardy's left ankle injury
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy left Thursday’s 9-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals in the middle of the seventh with discomfort in his left ankle.
He said he’s felt some pain in it the last day or so.
“(Wednesday) I felt it a little bit in between batting practice and the game and it went away after I got off it a little bit,” Hardy said. “It felt OK coming into (Thursday) and then it kind of crept back up on me. I don’t think it’s anything serious. I feel like if they had taken me out of the game last night I would have been fine an inning later.”
Hardy is expected to see Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Friday in Baltimore. It’s possible Hardy undergoes an MRI on Friday.
“It’s strange, he can’t really pinpoint any point where it bothered him,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It just all of a sudden started showing up between innings, between BP,
The good news: It doesn’t seem to be like an ankle turn, it’s not swelling.”
The team is calling it day-to-day. If Hardy isn’t able to play Friday – and that’s a possibility – he’d likely be replaced by Cesar Izturis, who will be activated from the disabled list in time for Friday’s game. Izturis (right elbow surgery) hasn’t played in the majors since May 12.
“Izzy might be coming back at just the right time,” Showalter said.