"Definitely [feeling a lot better]," said Hardy, who had an injection in the area on Saturday and was shut down the past few days. "Think the cortisone has worked."
Catcher Matt Wieters (Tommy John surgery) will play in an extended spring game on Thursday, and Ryan Flaherty (groin strain) -- who is still with the team -- took 75 swings on Wednesday and should be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible.
Manager Buck Showalter also said Jonathan Schoop had fluid drained from his right knee to help get the last bit of swelling out, and Wesley Wright (trapezius strain) will be able to resume throwing early next week in Sarasota, Fla.
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