Gallardo set for first rehab appearance Thursday

Hardy to undergo CT scan Friday to determine next step in rehab

Gallardo set for first rehab appearance Thursday

BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Yovani Gallardo will make his first rehab appearance on Thursday, either for Class A Advanced Frederick or Triple-A Norfolk. The right-hander is expected to make at least two rehab starts.

Gallardo, who threw a simulated game on Saturday, took a work day on Monday. Manager Buck Showalter said Gallardo will go four or five innings in his first rehab game. The affiliate will be determined based on the weather, though the O's would prefer he pitches the first game in Frederick's doubleheader. Gallardo has been sidelined since April 23 with biceps tendinitis.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy will have a CT scan on Friday to determine whether he will be cleared to participate in baseball activities. Hardy, who has a left foot fracture, has been walking with a boot and is currently at the team's extended spring facility in Sarasota, Fla. Showalter said it's a possibility the O's push up Hardy's scan, depending on what they hear from the medical staff.

O's pitching prospect Chris Lee will skip a start at Double-A Bowie, as the left-hander has been dealing with some fatigue.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.