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Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is out for the remainder of the year with a “flexor mass strain.”
Harvey, the Orioles’ top pick in last year’s amateur draft, will not pitch for the rest of this season, but no word whether in the recovery will go into next year. General Manager Dan Duquette says the injury will not require surgery at this point and he simply needs rest.
The announcement came during the Jon Lester sweepstakes, but it is unclear whether Harvey was the main cause of the talks failing.
The official injury is being called a “flexor mass strain”, but Duquette said that the injury did not include any ligament damage, a sign that Tommy John might not be necessary.
Harvey, 19, was 7-5 with an ERA of 3.18 in 17 games with Single-A Delmarva this year. He was named a mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star, and pitched in the MLB All-Star Futures Game.