While his name has been coveted by other teams in potential trade talks, Baltimore Orioles prized pitching prospect Hunter Harvey will not even take the mound again in 2014 as he is done for the season with an elbow injury.
Orioles Executive VP/GM Dan Duquette told reporters of the news prior to Wednesday Night's game that Harvey will be shut down for the remainder of the season.
Harvey, who had been experiencing some right elbow discomfort had an MRI on Tuesday and the tests revealed a strained flexor mass. While it's never good to hear of a pitcher experiencing elbow discomfort in his throwing arm, the results of the MRI are considered good because there was reportedly no ligament damage in the elbow, which would mean no surgery.
"I need to learn a little more about it," Duquette said of the specific nature of Harvey's injury. "He's had a good year and he has distinguished himself as a top young pitcher. And he needs a rest period." Quote from Brittany Ghiroli report on the Orioles official website.
Harvey had quite a 2014 going as he pitched in the MLB Future's Game, as well as being named to the South Atlantic League All Star Team for his performance with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds. The 2013 first round selection was 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts for the Shorebirds this season.
Yes, the MRI results reportedly showed no ligament damage, and no surgery appears to be required, but as we stated when Orioles catcher Matt Wieters first went down with a sore elbow, it is very rare for elbow soreness to just go away without eventually having Tommy John surgery, so we remain skeptical that Harvey will not need the infamous surgery. The team seems confident that surgery will not be required, but only time will tell with yet another high school Orioles first round draft pick pitcher having elbow issues.
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