Orioles shut down pitching prospect Hunter Harvey again

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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.