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On Monday night, J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty began their major league rehab assignments in Double-A with the Bowie Baysox, hitting back-to-back doubles in Bowie’s 8-0 win over the Akron Rubber Ducks.
Flaherty started at second base and batted second. Batting third, Hardy got the start at shortstop for the Baysox in his first minor league game since May 2011 with the Norfolk Tides.
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Both Flaherty and Hardy combined for three hits in the Baysox 8-0 win. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Flaherty and Hardy led off the inning with back-to-back doubles.
After the seventh inning, both players were pulled out of the lineup. Hardy ended his night batting 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Flaherty went 1-4 with a run scored.
This was Hardy’s first game since suffering a strained left shoulder in a spring training game on March 27.
Many Orioles fans have been wondering when these two players can be seen in the Orioles’ lineup again. Hardy can come off the major league DL at any time. Flaherty, on the other hand, is eligible to return to the major league ball club on Friday.
Both Hardy and Flaherty are expected to make two more starts at Bowie before being reevaluated.