4/23/2014 7:08 P.M. ET
Bundy, Machado continuing to make progress
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy threw eight curveballs in Wednesday's bullpen, the first time he's thrown that pitch since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.
It's an encouraging step for the righty, who could be an option for the Orioles later this season.
"He's progressing well. It's the last real piece," manager Buck Showalter said of Bundy being able to spin the ball. "It's a baseball decision now and not a medical question. And that's kind of where we are with Manny [Machado]. It's a baseball [decision] now as opposed to the physical part of it, so that's what you're hoping to get to."
Machado played seven innings Wednesday at third base in an extended spring training game and went 3-for-4 with three singles. He will travel back to the Baltimore area on Thursday before playing nine innings at third base for Class A Frederick in Friday's rehab debut. Machado is expected to stay with Frederick through the weekend and go to either Double-A or Triple-A after that.
"I think the plan going in is that he will play the weekend for sure [in Frederick] and we'll see where we are, but that could be reduced too," Showalter said. "I know what the plan is going in, but we'll take each day as it comes."
"It's always tough trying to figure out if a guy needs to play in Triple-A or the different level of play. That's the tough thing. I know most veteran guys who have been around a while aren't concerned about the level of play where some other people might. It was good. Yesterday Manny was facing a guy throwing 94 to 97. It was a good test for him. I think his clock sped up a little bit."
Hardy, Wieters return to Orioles lineup
TORONTO -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters returned to the lineup on Wednesday night after the pair was sidelined with minor injuries sustained over the weekend in Boston.
In the Orioles' 10-8 win over the Blue Jays, both players contributed to a big night from the offense. Wieters launched a solo home run, his fourth of the season, in the seventh. Hardy drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Wieters, who was dealing with some right forearm tightness, said he was good to go and didn't need to test out his arm with any throws pregame. The O's catcher, who last played Sunday night, got treatment on the area and said Tuesday he was confident it would be a one-day thing following Monday's scheduled off-day.
Hardy sustained a right hamstring strain running the bases in Sunday's game -- exiting after six innings -- and said Wednesday he was much improved over the past 48 hours.
"I don't have that soreness," Hardy said. "There's definitely tightness, but that's just normal and it's not going to be 100 percent when I get back in there. There's only one way to test out game-speed stuff."
The Orioles shortstop took ground balls and ran before Tuesday's game and said he came in on Wednesday feeling good enough to be back in the lineup. That's good news for Baltimore, which is also missing third baseman Manny Machado and has been without Hardy for eight full games, six due to back spasms.
"Hopefully, I won't have to try to score on a double in the gap or something from first. Try and be under control at least a little bit the first day," Hardy said. "I think I'll be able to be smart with it. Hopefully not re-injure it and just keep getting better from here on out."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.