Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey was scratched from his scheduled start with Double-A Bowie on Friday with a sore right shoulder, according to an industry source.
Harvey, the Orioles’ first-round draft pick in 2013, has a long injury history, but was finally healthy this season and poised to help the big league club. In fact, the 23-year-old received his first big-league call-up in April, but was with the team for just three days and didn’t pitch for the Orioles.
According to another source, the injury did not occur while Harvey was pitching but in the dugout while making a quick move to avoid a ball that came into the dugout, causing his shoulder to pop out of its socket.
It is unclear how much time Harvey will miss, but there should be more clarity on a timetable for his return in two weeks, according to a source.
Asked about Harvey after the Orioles’ 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night, manager Buck Showalter declined to comment on the specifics regarding the injury, but said Harvey’s injury did not occur while he was pitching.
Harvey, who was being held to an innings count this season because injuries had prevented him from pitching more than 19 innings in any one year since his first full pro season in 2014, was 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA in nine starts with the Baysox.
Only two of his starts were more than four innings, and in his most recent start was supposed to only be three innings but lasted two innings after he gave up a season-high six runs.
Before that outing, Harvey had a 4.15 ERA and averaged nearly a strikeout an inning.