BALTIMORE – Hunter Harvey, the Orioles top draft choice from last year, has inflammation in his right elbow, and won’t pitch again in 2014.
The 19-year-old right-hander who pitched in the Futures Game, was 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts for Delmarva.
“Hunter saw our doctors yesterday and he has an issue with his elbow and so he won’t be pitching any more the rest of the season. I need to learn a little more about it. He’s had a good year and he has distinguished himself as a top young pitcher. And he needs a rest period,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.
Duquette said that surgery is not being contemplated.
“He has some inflammation in his elbow and I believe he has a strain. He needs a period of rest,” Duquette said.
The Orioles have been reluctant to trade Harvey, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Eduardo Rodriguez, and even if they were to change that stance, his value could be compromised by this injury. Teams continue to ask about him.
“He’s a good young pitcher,” Duquette said. “Yes, obviously, but he is with the Orioles.”