When he picked up a bat again in January and took his first couple of swings, new Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy acknowledged that he was a little nervous. He still felt some minor discomfort in his left wrist, which he bruised last season, limiting him to 101 games.
"The wrist just needed to rest, I think," said Hardy, who became the latest Orioles position player to report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex today. "This offseason, I rested it for like two months. I started hitting in early January, and I still felt it a little bit. But it just kind of went away after first couple of swings. I feel 100 percent."
The Orioles acquired Hardy, along with utility infielder Brendan Harris, from the Minnesota Twins in December for minor league relievers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. That was one of the first moves of a busy offseason that included the additions of Guerrero, Mark Reynolds, Kevin Gregg and Justin Duchscherer.
"It's awesome," Hardy said. "It just shows you that they want to win and they're willing to do what it takes to do that. I'm real excited to be a part of it. I know this whole division has made a ton of moves this offseason, but I feel real confident with what we've done."
This is the second straight spring in which Hardy has to get used to new teammates and new surroundings. The Milwaukee Brewers traded the steady shortstop to the Twins before the 2010 season.
"I'm real excited," he said. "It was something that happened early in the offseason, where I knew I was coming here, so I had time to get mentally prepared for it. It's awesome. I've never been to this clubhouse. Even last year when I was in Fort Myers, I didn't make the trip or maybe we didn't play, I don't know. So it's my first time here."
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