SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles can’t wait to see how Hunter Harvey looks at this week’s minicamp. Harvey, who hasn’t pitched in a game since July 2014 because of a variety of injuries, is eager to get back to pitching competitively.
Harvey was in spring training with the Orioles in 2015, and if he checks out well here, he’ll report Feb. 18 with everyone else.
He’s been throwing for the last month-and-a-half at his North Carolina home, and he’s feeling strong. He expects to throw off the mound lightly on Tuesday.
Harvey, the Orioles first round draft pick in 2013, broke his shin in March 2015 during a minor league spring training game, and then soreness in his right elbow kept him out of the rest of the season.
“It was a rough year in spring training, getting hit, then just kind of snowballing after that. It happens, but it was a tough year,” Harvey said.
There was talk that Harvey might need elbow surgery, but that’s gone away for now.
“We’re confident none of that’s going to happen now. I’m really healthy, haven’t had any pain, nothing. I’m feeling 100 percent,” Harvey said.
“I think I just came back too fast off the ankle injury, trying to push it too hard too quick and it just didn’t hold up. It feels fine now. Hopefully it’ll stay that way.”
He last saw team orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in September. Harvey felt tightness in Instructional League. There was concern then that surgery was in the offing.
“When I came back for instructs and it started hurting again, it was in my mind. I was kind of worried but when I went back down there and seen him, he said everything was going to be fine with more rest. That was a huge relief. I was just trying to stay out from surgery and not have to have that. That was really good hearing that,” Harvey said.
Harvey’s been working under the supervision of his father, former All-Star reliever Bryan Harvey.
“He had four elbow surgeries. He had Tommy John once, so having him has been a help through this process,” Harvey said.