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J.J. Hardy surprised that shoulder injury will land him on DL

J.J. Hardy surprised that shoulder injury will land him on DL
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that shortstop J.J. Hardy will start the season on the disabled list after suffering a left shoulder injury. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Morning clubhouse access is quickly becoming more about compiling the latest Orioles infirmary report, so here are the latest updates on injured Orioles:

Shortstop J.J. Hardy said he was a little surprised to find out he will be shut down for 10 days – and open the season on the disabled list – following Monday's MRA.

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"I think it's exactly what they thought it was," Hardy said. "I didn't know it was going to take 10 days or whatever they're saying to get all the swelling out and get the strength back. So that's a little disappointing, but I guess it could have been a lot worse. I feel better today than I did yesterday. At this rate, who knows how long it's going to be."

Hardy said the main priority now is reducing the swelling in the shoulder. He's receiving ice and stem treatment.

Otherwise, Hardy sounded optimistic about getting back to baseball activities sooner or later. He said he believed he would be able to do some activities over the 10-day span and believes he will be able to field grounders before swinging a bat again.

Hardy couldn't estimate when he'd be able to return. He would be eligible on April 11, but that doesn't seem likely.

The loss of Hardy, who has won three straight Gold Glove awards at shortstop, definitely hurts but this is where the Orioles' emphasis on depth comes into play. Utility man Ryan Flaherty and spring signing Everth Cabrera will likely fill in for Hardy.

"Yeah, that spot's open now, but I don't pay attention to those things," said Cabrera, a natural shortstop who was an NL All-Star in 2013. "I'm trying to be better every single day, trying to compete every single day. … I'm ready for everything. I am here (to) play everywhere. Play couple games in center field, second base, shortstop if JJ got hurt. I don't know what they are going to do. That is not in my hands. I'm just going to be ready for the opportunity."

Flaherty made 21 starts at shortstop as Hardy went through back, hamstring and thumb injuries.

"I didn't really even know what was going on," Flaherty said. "I think one of the strengths of the team is that guys can step in and fill in, whoever that may be on any given night. We've just got to hold the fort down until he's ready to come back and play.

Also, outfielder David Lough – who is also heading to the disabled list to open the season – said he's completely recovered from the back spasms that kept him out, but is still recovering from a sore left hamstring injury.

Lough said the two injuries were connected.

"Your body works together and when you get a hamstring injury it can stem up to your back," Lough said. "I was bending down to get a ball and my SI joint gave out, I had some back spasms. We think those two were related in the injury. At that point my hamstring wasn't 100 percent. Now my back is completely fine, it's just taking care of my hamstring and getting healthy."

Lough said he isn't sure when he will be able to return to games, but he said he hopes to begin logging at-bats in minor league games at Twin Lakes Park.

"It's day by day, how my hamstring feels," Lough said. "Once I can start running and getting out there playing like I used to. One of the big parts of my game is my speed so when my hamstring is not at 100 percent it's tough to do that."

Lough said he hasn't had any issues with his hamstring since his rookie year in pro ball.

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