Hardy went 2-for-9 with three walks and two runs scored in three rehab games for Triple-A Norfolk. He was initially scheduled to play a fourth game for the Tides tonight, but the club opted to give him the day off before his likely return to the lineup tomorrow.
The Orioles are expected to demote a pitcher and return to a 12-man staff to open up a 25-man roster spot for Hardy.
In other news: With his Single-A Delmarva team in Hagerstown, shortstop Manny Machado, who hasn’t played since last Thursday when he collapsed while running from second to third, visited Dr. John Wilckens today and had the initial diagnosis of left patellar subluxation -- essentially a dislocated kneecap -- confirmed, according to director of player development John Stockstill.
Machado, the organization's top prospect, will be re-evaluated when the Shorebirds return home Friday. He’s expected to miss seven to 10 days.