Tidbits

Tidbits

• Lew Ford was available to play off the bench Friday after an MRI on his hip came back negative. He's dealing with a bone bruise.

• J.J. Hardy had the hangnail on his right middle finger removed, according to Showalter.

• Nick Markakis will have the pins removed from his left thumb early next week when the team goes to St. Petersburg and will have more of a timeline of when he can return. Wilson Betemit will also be seen by the hand specialist during the Rays series and isn't ruling out a possible return if the team goes deep into the postseason.