Hardy optimistic for Tuesday return

Hardy optimistic for Tuesday return

MINNEAPOLIS -- J.J Hardy said Sunday he is feeling good about returning to the Twins' lineup for the Yankees series opener on Tuesday.

The shortstop has been on the 15-day disabled list with a deep bone bruise in his left wrist and was eligible to return to play May 20, but was not fully recovered.

Hardy took batting practice in the cage before Sunday's series finale against the Brewers and said he was finally able to take swings at 100 percent.

Although he walked around the clubhouse with his wrist wrapped in ice and bandages prior to Sunday's game, he said he felt really good and can tell he has made a lot of progress.

"Tuesday is looking like a good possibility," Hardy said. "I want to get out there, I am so sick of just sitting."

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Hardy will come to Target Field on the Twins' off-day Monday to work out and to take extra batting practice and fielding drills to test his wrist. Hardy will also take early live BP prior to Tuesday's game before a final decision is made.

If he feels good after those drills, Gardenhire said he will be able to reactivate Hardy on Tuesday before the team's 7:10 p.m. CT start.