Author: Bill Baer

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Orioles shut down pitching prospect Hunter Harvey again


Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have shut down pitching prospect Hunter Harvey once again. The right-hander is dealing with renewed discomfort in the elbow and forearm area on his pitching arm. He had pitched on the first day of instructional league in Florida.

The Orioles drafted Harvey 22nd overall in the first round of the 2013 draft. He battled elbow problems in 2014, suffered a fractured fibula in March, and was shut down in May with more elbow problems.

Connolly notes that Harvey will see Dr. James Andrews at some point. Andrews is currently not in the country, so the Orioles don’t know exactly when the two will meet. The fear is that Harvey will need Tommy John surgery. Manager Buck Showalter is not going to worry about that just yet.

“We’ll see. Let it run its course. I know more than I’m going to talk about here. We’re hoping for a different result than what that type of thing normally makes you wonder about. It’s been a long haul for him.”

In 113 innings of professional baseball between the rookie league, Low-A Aberdeen, and High-A Delmarva, Harvey has a 2.87 ERA with a 139/39 K/BB ratio.

Marlins’ Michael Hill on Ichiro: “I anticipate us trying to bring him back.”

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Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill praised the work of 41-year-old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Despite a paltry .242/.297/.296 triple-slash line, no Marlin has played in more games than his 140. Furthermore, he has played above-average defense according to both scouts and the stats.

Along with praising the veteran, Hill said the Marlins will attempt to bring Suzuki back for the 2016 season. The full quote, via Sherman:

“We are very pleased with the job he’s done for us. Who would’ve thought at the beginning of the season that he’d lead our team in games played? It speaks to the number of injuries we’ve had. Anyway, we will wait until the season ends, but I anticipate us trying to bring him back.”

Suzuki is also on the verge of a major milestone. He enters play Saturday with 2,933 hits in his major league career and will likely reach 3,000 early in the 2016 season.

Suzuki signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Marlins in January. The team intended to use him as a fourth outfielder, but injuries forced them to use him on an everyday basis.

Video: Bryce Harper crushes his 41st home run

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper contributed to Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Marlins, absolutely destroying a Kyle Barraclough pitch in the seventh inning for his 41st home run. Yunel Escobar had led off the inning with a walk ahead of Harper.

Harper, 22, should be a unanimous pick for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Along with the 41 home runs to lead the National League, he’s batting .340/.467/.671 (all three lead the majors) with 95 RBI and 113 runs scored (best in the majors).

Harper’s season is outstanding on its own merit, but it’s historically great considering how young he is. He’ll finish the season with over 10 Wins Above Replacement, per Baseball Reference. Mike Trout and Ted Williams are the only players since 1901 to post a 10 WAR season ahead of their age-23 season.

The Mets lost to the Yankees on Saturday, so the Nationals haven’t flatlined in the NL East yet. They trail the Mets by seven and a half games.