Hardy can be activated from the 15-day disabled list anytime after Saturday, but manager Buck Showalter said he won't get into a rehab game until after Monday.
The Gold Glover may not need a lengthy 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 in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday and is hoping to play Wednesday, but only if he's 100 percent.
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