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Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (wrist) hopes to return from DL in September, but timetable is murky

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (wrist) hopes to return from DL in September, but timetable is murky

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy’s recovery from a broken bone in his right wrist has taken longer than anticipated, and he’s eyeing a September return from the disabled list as he resumes baseball activities and regains strength.

Hardy, who has been on the DL since June 19, hit soft toss Monday — about 30 to 40 swings — and is set to move on to hitting in the indoor cages Tuesday. Hardy said he hopes to take on-field batting practice when the Orioles return from the West Coast this weekend and could then begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Hardy indicated that playing defense at the major league level might be the most difficult challenge. He still has to build...

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