Hunter Harvey, Lakins and Urias return to Orioles; Armstrong, Waddell designated for assignment - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Hunter Harvey, Lakins and Urias return to Orioles; Armstrong, Waddell designated for assignment

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BALTIMORE—Relief pitcher Hunter Harvey rejoined the Orioles before Friday’s game against Cleveland. The Orioles also made a number of other moves.

Harvey, who had been on the 60-day injured list, hasn’t pitched this season because of a strained left oblique. The right-hander, who was the team’s top draft pick in 2013,  was exceptional in relief late in 2019 before struggling some in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Harvey has the potential to complement hard-throwing left-hander Tanner Scott.

Harvey injured his oblique on March 12th.

“It was tough,” Harvey said. “Like I’d been saying going into the spring, it was the best my arm had felt, the best my body had been feeling, the ball had been coming out of my hand good. Another freak accident happened, and there’s not a whole lot you can do. I didn’t really see it coming, it was out of nowhere.”

It’s been another long recovery for Harvey.

“It felt like it took forever, like always,” Harvey said. “It took me three or four outings to start feeling good again. The last outing I had in Durham, it was probably the best I’ve felt since 2019. The ball like it was coming out of my hand really good again. The offspeed felt good. It felt really good again.”

Harvey pitched 15 innings for the Orioles in 2019 and 2020. He was their top draft choice in 2013 but has missed substantial time because of Tommy John surgery, a broken leg and a shoulder injury.  During his rehab stint at Norfolk, Harvey pitched 6 1/3 innings in four appearances.

“It was frustrating because I did a lot more this offseason to build my arm up, to build my body up,” Harvey said. “To have a freak thing like an oblique, which I’ve never had a problem with in the past, it was kind of frustrating. I hope I don’t have an oblique thing again. It’s probably one of the worst pains I’ve ever had.

“I had a lot of guys tell me whenever I hurt my oblique … ‘When you start feeling good, make sure you take another week.’ I hate being on the [injured list]. I hate all that. As soon as I felt good, I was ready to go, and I [remembered] what those guys said, and I tried to make sure I was 100 percent with my oblique before I really started turning it up. Luckily, it’s all been good, and I haven’t had any setbacks. It’s all good now.”

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The 26-year-old Harvey is ready for whatever role manager Brandon Hyde gives him.

“They’ve been cautious with me in the past because of how my arm has been and all the injuries I’ve had,” Harvey said. “Like Hyde said, I’m not getting any younger. There’s no point in waiting around. We’ve got to go. It’s time to go. There’s not enough time to keep babying it every year.”

Hyde is happy to have Harvey back in a bullpen that has struggled in recent weeks.

“Great to have Hunter back,”  Hyde said “Disappointing injury in spring training. I know he’s excited and ready to go.

“I’m going to use him like a regular piece in the bullpen, and it’s been a tough few years being able to stay healthy. I want to see what this guy has. I want to see if he can pitch in big spots. He’s going to pitch in big spots. Really love the arm, like the makeup. I’d like to find out about him.”

Hyde isn’t sure if Harvey will work more than one inning.

“I think it was important from the standpoint of how you’re going to recover,” Hyde said. “I don’t know if I’m going to use him for one-plus, but I think it was important for all of us to see what he felt like the next day. That’s a normal progression for a pitcher anyway, even a one-inning guy.

“Hunter recovered great. He feels good. He’s ready to pitch tonight.”

The Orioles also recalled right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins and infielder infielder Ramón Urias from Triple-A Norfolk Right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong and left-handed pitcher Brandon Waddell were designated for assignment.

“I just thought [Armstrong] got off to an odd start,” Hyde said. “He missed the opening series [in Boston when he was on paternity leave]. He never got going.

“He threw too many balls in the middle part of the plate that hurt him. It was a tough conversation because he’s somebody that has been here for a few years, pitched a lot of innings for us. I hope whatever’s best for Army, I hope that happens. I’d like to keep him in the organization if possible.”

Lakins was 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in 17 games. Armstrong, who was claimed by the Orioles in April 2019, had an 8.55 ERA in 20 games. Waddell, who was claimed from Minnesota, pitched a scoreless inning for the Orioles in his only appearance last month.

Urias replaces infielder Pat Valaika, who was placed on the bereavement list.

Urias batted .226 with a home run and six RBIs in 24 games with the Orioles. Valaika is hitting .167 with a home run and six RBIs.

The Orioles also claimed infielder Domingo Leyba on waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks and optioned him to Norfolk. Leyba was hitless in 22 at-bats for Arizona this season.

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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Unoptionable-Option

    June 4, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Yesh! The return of Ramon Urias…much happiness and cheering in unoptionable option land, clearly we will break out Brook’s #5 summer pjs. Sad to see Waddell DFA’d though as he is from UVA, hopefully Waddell and Armstrong land on their feet somewhere and get another chance at the MLB level. A tsunami of activity today from the Os…

  2. CalsPals

    June 4, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Sounds like a great claim, perfect season going….go O’s…

    • Beachdogs

      June 4, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      Trying to stay positive . But 0 for 22!!!

      • Unoptionable-Option

        June 4, 2021 at 4:12 pm

        0.870 OPS in AAA 2019
        1.401 OPS in AAA 2021
        Maybe there is still hope for Domingo?

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 4, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      Ya know CPs …. the Diamondbacks MUST be loaded in the infield to let this gem go …

    • WorldlyView

      June 4, 2021 at 10:06 pm

      You guys can scoff all you want at paying for Leyba and his 0.000 BA, but Elias has the wisdom and skills to see long-term potential where others can’t. That’s why he’s running a multimillion dollar business and you aren’t. His fixation with signing other teams’ rejects is too complex a strategy for amateurs to fully grasp. Despite Leyba’s mediocre 10 years as a professional baseball player, having him in the fold is undoubtedly a giant step forward for the Oriole rebuild.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 5, 2021 at 9:10 am

        Bwaaahaaahhaaaahhaaaaaaa

    • CalsPals

      June 5, 2021 at 7:51 am

      :)…hysterical WV, thanks, we needed that…go O’s…

  3. Hallbe62

    June 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    I still believe in Hunter Harvey. He’s gotta stay healthy obviously, but there could be a place for him in our BP tossing a few good middle innings in relief.

    • Unoptionable-Option

      June 4, 2021 at 4:12 pm

      I believe in Hunter Harvey too!

    • Shamus

      June 4, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      He’s too young and too talented to give up on

  4. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 4, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Obviously Mike couldn’t permit all this recent success, ergo Urias’ recall.

    God Bless Pat Valaika, I’m sorry for your loss.

    • Unoptionable-Option

      June 4, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      Let’s see, I will stick to 2021 MLB batting averages so you won’t have to look at “analytics”

      Valaika 01.67
      Wilkerson 0.206
      Urias 0.226

      And Urias is rated a better fielder at 2B than Valaika and Wilkerson too, so ergo you are spouting unsubstantiated poo-poo at Ramon again. Again, two similar guys with worse stats than another different guy but you hate on the different guy…

  5. Blade Steve

    June 4, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Living in England and not being able to watch my football team (soccer) live due to covid, my only option was to upgrade my TV package. Included in the package is MLB which I’ve been watching for the past 16 months or so. This strongly reminded me of the early 70s when my late sport mad father and myself would listen to Baseball via AFN on a crackly old radio. The only thing I can remember is the name Baltimore Orioles and certainly didnt understand the terms used plus scoring !!! So, the O’s are my choice of team to follow. I know times aren’t brilliant, but I’ve had many a season of that watching a football team. As I say, if you want to wreck your weekend, watch a football team !!! Apologies for not really a question but thought this may be of interest. Hope to pay a visit, as the wife has an uncle in Carlsberg NM so could stay with him.

    • dlgruber1

      June 4, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      Blade Steve, welcome! You might want to know that Anthony Santander already has a fan club over there. One suggestion, don’t let the current team discourage you too much, help is on the way, and soon hopefully.

    • CalsPals

      June 4, 2021 at 6:22 pm

      Welcome aboard, always room for another O’s fan, even from across the pond…go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 4, 2021 at 6:58 pm

      Nice to have you, Steve. I’ve never seen baseball on TV in my trips to England, but on my last trip, was fascinated by the presentation of hte NFL. You’re not the only Orioles fan there. I answered a question from one this morning.

  6. Blade Steve

    June 4, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for the welcome dlgruber1. Yes hopefully things will change. Partly down to confidence plus injuries etc. My football team Sheffield United are known as the Blades, as Sheffield is an industrial city with a cutlery manufacturing / steel producing history. Population is similar in size to Baltimore.

    • CalsPals

      June 4, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Heck, what a coincidence, thought you might’ve been a Belanger fan, again welcome…go O’s…

    • Icterus fan

      June 4, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      Very cool Steve! Welcome in. I love it. And thanks for the back story with your handle.

  7. Hallbe62

    June 4, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Another good outing for Akin.

    3 hit the Indians.

    Hunter Harvey warming in the pen. Let’s see what he has for an inning or 2

    • DcOsfan

      June 4, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      Yes a good outing from Akin. They should have sent him out for the 6th – only 86 pitches through 5. If pitching well, he should be able to to go 100-110.

      • Hallbe62

        June 4, 2021 at 8:47 pm

        Agree. HH left that triple hit, way out over the plate. Only 1 though

    • CalsPals

      June 4, 2021 at 8:47 pm

      Harvey, so far .2 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, ughhh…go O’s…

    • Icterus fan

      June 4, 2021 at 9:33 pm

      Tanner “tattoo” Scott with a nice top of the 8th inning, striking out the side! Hopefully a harbinger of things to er, continue……

  8. Hallbe62

    June 4, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Great job Birds !! Let’s come out tomorrow and do it again !

    And I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate my Alma Mater, the Old Dominion University Monarchs with their opening Rd victory over Jacksonville U in the 2021 NCAA D1 Tourney.

    A great baseball day indeed

    • CalsPals

      June 5, 2021 at 7:52 am

      Two thumbs up Hallbe62…go Monarchs & go O’s…

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