Harvey has strained right flexor mass (done for season)

Hunter Harvey, one of the Orioles top pitching prospects, has been experiencing right elbow discomfort and an MRI done Tuesday revealed that he has a strained flexor mass and will be shut down for the season.

The 19-year-old Harvey was examined by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs and the news is considered good since there was no ligament damage revealed in Tuesday’s tests. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said there is some inflammation in the elbow area and wouldn’t comment on how much the injury to Harvey changes potential Orioles trades.

Harvey, ranked as the Orioles’ second-best pitching prospect in the latest MLB.com rankings, last pitched on Friday and went five innings for Class-A Delmarva. The South Atlantic League All-Star, who was the O’s first round-pick in last year’s draft, has gone 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts for Delmarva

Harvey was named as one of Baseball America’s Top 50 Midseason prospects and is the son of former big leaguer Bryan Harvey, who pitched for the Angels and Marlins and was a two-time American League All-Star.

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