J.J. Hardy missed his second straight game Tuesday with what appears to be a mild left oblique injury, but the Orioles' All-Star shortstop has reason to be optimistic that the injury won't sideline him for long.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had lots of injury updates today during his pregame press conference, including news that catcher Matt Wieters (right elbow) will act as a designated hitter in an extended spring game in Florida on Tuesday.
The Orioles made their first roster cuts of spring training on Monday, optioning right-hander reliever Oliver Drake to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning third baseman Michael Almanzar, right-hander Dane De La Rosa, left-hander Chris Jones and catcher Brian Ward to minor league camp.
Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza had heard the horror stories about how arbitration hearings go -- when the team you're about to play for breaks down each of your flaws in an effort to win the case.
The Orioles still have yet to fill their top offseason priority, acquiring a left-handed hitting outfielder, but executive vice president Dan Duquette believes that former first-round pick Chris Parmelee can help fill that hole.