Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is currently rehabbing with the Bowie Baysox. Manager Gary Kendall joined Scott and Jeremy to chat about how Hardy looks, catching up with Machado and Schoop and who he thinks could make it to the major leagues soon.
Kendall says Hardy looks good and that “outside of the tenderness…it’s been not even noticeable. Offensively he’s putting good swings on pitches and making all the plays.” Scott and Gary both agree Hardy is a pro’s pro in the way he goes about his work and how his presence
Caleb Joseph is there too after facing an injury that made everyone cringe a little bit. Gary said Joseph “looked really good and he’s been hitting” and could possibly on the lineup next Tuesday.
Kendall recalled the night he told Ashur Tolliver he was going to be moving up to the big leagues saying,”it was quite a night for a guy who’s in his late twenties to have the opportunity to go up there and get some innings for Buck and a major league club.”
Manny Machado also started with the Bowie Baysox and is now regarded as one of the top players in major league baseball. Kendall feels pretty proud because despite the errors being pretty high, years ago he said, “don’t worry he’s going to be just fine.” Kendall continued, “It’s really nice to see him and Jon [Schoop] up there and the fact that they haven’t changed a bit…but when you see him at spring training it’s the same old’ Manny. That means more to me than anything. It’s like he’s playing Double-A again.”
Scott and Jeremy will be at a Bowie Baysox game next week.