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Orioles' J.J. Hardy trying to get back to normal after return from fractured foot

Orioles' J.J. Hardy trying to get back to normal after return from fractured foot

The hard part didn't end when J.J. Hardy got out of his walking boot and began to work off weeks of physical inactivity and baseball rust on his way back from the foot fracture that robbed him of seven weeks this season.

Nearly two weeks into his return, Hardy is still working off the rust and playing through new feelings around his freshly healed foot but doing it playing the most difficult position on the diamond for a surging Orioles club.

"I think the foot is fine — the bone, anyway," Hardy said. "But yeah, it's getting back into it. I went through kind of that spring training soreness, and I just have little things that probably run a little...

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