Wednesday July 30th, 2014

Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey has been shut down for the season after an MRI Tuesday revealed a strain in his elbow, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette announced.

Duquette said there is inflammation in the elbow but no ligament damage. There are no plans for Harvey to undergo surgery.

MLB.com ranked Harvey, 19, as the Orioles' second best pitching prospect, behind Dylan Bundy, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Harvey posted a 3.18 ERA and 7-5 record over 17 starts in the Single-A South Atlantic League this season.

Baltimore selected Harvey at No. 22 in last year's draft. He was ranked the 58th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus before this season.

The Orioles, who are said to have engaged in trade talks with Boston for ace Jon Lesterhave reportedly refused to make Harvey or Bundy available in trade discussions.

A report Wednesday said Baltimore appeared "out of the mix" for Lester​

More: Report: Baltimore Orioles likely out of Jon Lester sweepstakes

- Chris Johnson

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