Cortisone for Hardy; Friday return the plan

Cortisone for Hardy; Friday return the plan

BOSTON -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy received a cortisone injection in his sacroiliac (SI) joint on Tuesday, and the plan is still for him to return to the lineup for Friday's doubleheader.

Hardy left the team on Monday to fly back to Baltimore and be examined by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs.

"The MRI [on Tuesday] was unchanged since April, so he will come in for treatment on Thursday and hope he's ready to go on Friday," manager Buck Showalter said. "That's what we were kind of expecting."

Hardy, who hasn't played since Friday, will be shut down for about 48 hours, and the Orioles remain optimistic that they've gotten out in front of the issue. He missed six games in April, including five straight, with lower back spasms.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.