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Hardy's return delayed by elbow issue

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BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy completed his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, but the Orioles' shortstop will remain on the 60-day disabled list for at least another few days.

Hardy has not played since June 18 because of a fractured wrist, although he has recently dealt with shoulder soreness and now has an elbow issue.

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BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy completed his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, but the Orioles' shortstop will remain on the 60-day disabled list for at least another few days.

Hardy has not played since June 18 because of a fractured wrist, although he has recently dealt with shoulder soreness and now has an elbow issue.

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"There's a chance he's going to get an injection today in his elbow," said manager Buck Showalter. "Nothing to do with structure. Kind of like a tennis elbow, you might think, from all the hitting he's done. That would be a day or two. I'm hoping he is able to join us on Monday, but that's what we'd like to hopefully happen. He said he's had it before and he had an injection and cleared it up."

In nine games on his rehab assignment with Norfolk, Hardy had five hits, including a double and a homer, in 22 at-bats. In 64 games with the Orioles, Hardy had a slash line of .211/.336/.402 with three home runs.

"The shoulder is just about where it's going to be," Showalter said. "But the elbow, the last couple of days, sort of cropped up. So instead of him continuing to play with it and it getting worse, we thought we'd bring him here. If he was completely active, he would have been active tonight. But we think he's close and that we could finish it up here."

Trade Deadline acquisition Tim Beckham emerged as the Orioles everyday shortstop in August, hitting .394/.417/.646 with six homers in his first month with the club.

Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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