Orioles acquire minor league pitcher; Hunter Harvey shut down for six weeks

Who is Chris Lee, and why did the Orioles trade for him?

The Orioles made a minor league deal Monday, acquiring 22-year-old left-handed pitcher Chris Lee from the Houston Astros for two international signing bonus slots, which are valued at a total of $650,000.

Lee, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011 from Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., was 3-2 with a 4.11 ERA in seven games (six starts) at Single-A Quad Cities. He will join the rotation at High-A Frederick.

“He is a young, talented left-handed pitcher and our scouts really liked him,” Duquette said. “He gets his breaking ball over the plate and he grew up in the Tampa area, which is a good area for baseball.”

Now the Orioles have less money to spend on international players this year, but Duquette said he thought Lee was worth it.

“We like the talent of this player we are acquiring,” Duquette said.

In other Orioles news, Duquette said pitching prospect Hunter Harvey received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right arm Monday at Dr. James Andrews' office in Florida.

Harvey, considered the organization’s second-best prospect, was shut down this month in extended spring with elbow tightness that was diagnosed as a strained mass flexor of the right forearm. Orioles doctors recommended rest and no surgery at this time, and Duquette said Andrews concurred.

“That’s what we thought the doctor would recommend, so I am not surprised,” Duquette said.

Harvey, 20, will be shut down for at least six weeks before it is determined if the injection worked. These injuries can be a precursor to elbow surgery, but the Orioles are hoping the injection will clear up the strain.

Also, Duquette said a decision on what to do with right-hander Tyler Wilson, who is currently on the team’s taxi list, has not been made. Duquette said there are several scenarios, but a decision has to be made by 8 p.m. tonight.

The most likely decision appears to be activating Wilson and putting Bud Norris (bronchitis) on the disabled list.

Duquette said he was told Chris Tillman (back) was feeling better on Monday.

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