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Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy to be re-evaluated Saturday after collision with Jonathan Schoop

J.J. Hardy said his collision with Jonathan Schoop on Friday "was no big deal."
J.J. Hardy said his collision with Jonathan Schoop on Friday "was no big deal."(Gene J. Puskar, Associated Press)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will be re-evaluated Saturday after banging his left shoulder in a collision with second baseman Jonathan Schoop during Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hardy collided with Schoop as they both pursued Rays shortstop Jake Elmore's RBI single up the middle in the second inning. The game ended up being canceled following a 16-minute rain delay with the Orioles leading 4-3 in the middle of the fourth inning.

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"Honestly, I don't know," Hardy said when asked about the play. "I haven't seen video. I was kind of falling, diving at the same time just to knock that ball down and keep it in the infield and then I think Schoopy was doing the same thing. We kind of collided. It wasn't bad. My glasses came down, my hat, all that stuff, but ... it was no big deal."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Hardy, as a precaution, would not have taken another at-bat if the game had resumed. Hardy wasn't scheduled to play in Saturday's game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, anyway.

"I saw the board," Hardy said. "I'm not traveling already. It was up before the game. We'll see what it feels like tomorrow."

After the play, Hardy was seen trying to loosen his shoulder.

"He does that a lot anyway," said. "You get to know a guy. He wanted to hit again, but he wouldn't have continued in that game."

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