Another Hunter Harvey injury has surfaced as the Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect struggles to make it to the majors.
Harvey, 23, is the former first-round pick of the 2013 MLB draft, who has experienced an abiding series of injuries that have hindered the Orioles pitching prospect from completing a full season of professional baseball.
The right-handed pitcher has been shut down due to elbow discomfort and is scheduled to visit Dr. Brian Schofield, a hand specialist in Sarasota, Florida, per Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun.
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The elbow injury comes during Harvey’s rehab program at the Orioles spring training facility in Sarasota with hopes of being able to play in the Arizona Fall League. Harvey hasn’t pitched in a live game since June 2 due to a dislocated shoulder after going 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA through 32 and 1/3 innings in Double-A Bowie.
During his time this season in Double-A Bowie, the Orioles organization hoped Harvey, if healthy, would be ready to join the major league team towards the end of the season when MLB rosters expand.
In 2016, the pitching prospect underwent Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss much of the 2017 minor league season. However, entering the 2018 season, Harvey looked healthy and eventually earned his way to the Orioles major league roster for a couple of days in April.
Harvey’s pitching mechanics is a cause for concern as he is one of many MLB pitchers who point the ball at second base, which according to experts is an unnatural and dangerous idea that leads to elbow and shoulder issues.
In other Baltimore Orioles injury news, Mark Trumbo has entered the 10-day disabled list due to right knee inflammation that could force him to undergo surgery. In response, the Orioles recalled John Andreoli.