Orioles top prospect Harvey fractures fibula, out 4-6 weeks

Sunday March 22nd, 2015

A CT scan revealed a strain in Baltimore Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey's fibula that will sideline him for four to six weeks, MASN's Roch Kubato reported Sunday.

Harvey will be on crutches for one month, Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said, as a result of being hit Saturday by a comebacker in a start against a Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate. 

Harvey, who is just 20 years old, was drafted in the 2013 first-year player draft with the 22nd overall pick. He amassed a 7-5 record and a 3.18 ERA over 17 starts last season with the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds.

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Harvey was shut down for the second half of the 2014 season due to elbow inflammation that was eventually diagnosed as a strained right flexor mass. 

The North Carolina high school product is generally considered to be the organization's second-best pitching prospect behind Dylan Bundy, and is rated the 42nd best prospect in baseball by MLB.com. 

Baltimore opens the regular season against the Tampa Bay Rays on Apr. 6. 

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