SARASOTA, Fla. -- J.J. Hardy received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder Tuesday to help alleviate nagging discomfort in the area, but the shortstop said Thursday that there's "no chance" he'll be sidelined to start the season April 6.
Hardy took off Wednesday and said he would do the same thing on Thursday. He last played in Monday night's game against the Pirates and is hoping to play on Friday.
"There's nothing structurally wrong with [the shoulder], it's just taking a while to get over the hump," Hardy said. "Every year -- I've said it before -- I've had it and it goes away the first couple of weeks of spring. This year, it's just taking a while. So we are just basically kind of taking it easy, and hopefully a couple days off will get [me] over the hump and I'll be fine."