Orioles' Hyde says Hunter Harvey will miss at least a month, calls Lakins elbow injury significant; Mountcastle voted Rookie of Month - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ Hyde says Hunter Harvey will miss at least a month, calls Lakins elbow injury significant; Mountcastle voted Rookie of Month

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The Orioles placed right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey on the 10-day injured list because of a right lat strain, and manager Brandon Hyde estimated that he would miss at least a month.

Harvey appeared to suffer the injury when he was warming up during Wednesday night’s game at Houston.

“We’re hoping he’s going to miss right around a month,” Hyde said. “That would probably be best-case scenario.”

Hyde also said that reliever Travis Lakins has a significant elbow injury.

Harvey, the Orioles’ No. 1 draft pick in 2013, has had a series of injuries that delayed his major league debut until August 17, 2019. He began this season on the 60-day injured list because of a strained oblique muscle. In nine games, has a 4.15 ERA with six strikeouts and three walks in 8 2/3 innings.

“He went and saw the doctor yesterday,” Hyde said. “A lot of us were expecting worse, to be honest with you, just the way it happened. The last pitch of his warmups to go in the game, and he felt something in his armpit, in the labrum area, came in and got checked out, and saw another team of doctors yesterday … I think we’re fortunate. We’re hoping it’s only a month.”

In parts of three seasons, Harvey is 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 games.

The Orioles recalled left-hander Zac Lowther from Triple-A Norfolk to replace to replace Harvey.

Lowther is 0-1 with a 15.19 ERA in three games, one start, with the Orioles this season. At Norfolk, Lowther is 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA in six starts.


Lakins, Franco updates: Lakins had further examinations on his right elbow, which forced him to leave Tuesday night’s start in the second inning.

“He got tested again yesterday,” Hyde said. “It’s a significant elbow injury. I’m not sure the timetable on it, but it’s significant.”

Third baseman Maikel Franco suffered a sprained ankle trying to catch the final out in Wednesday night’s game in Houston and isn’t in the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Angels.

“Franco is day-to-day,” Hyde said. “He had an X-ray that came back negative. He had a little bit of a sprain. He had a lot of rehab yesterday and this morning. He’s feeling a lot better. He should be available off the bench. I think we got lucky there.”

Mountcastle earns rookie award: Ryan Mountcastle was named the American League Rookie of the Month for June.

The first baseman/designated hitter batted .312 with 11 home runs and 27 RBIs.

“I feel pretty good with how it’s gone so far,” Mountcastle said. “I’ve handled all the different adversity.”

On May 14th, Mountcastle was hitting just .212 with three homers and 12 RBIs.

“That first month-and-a half was tough,” Mountcastle said. “I try to stay confident, know that I was better than what I was playing.”

To be considered a rookie, batters must not exceed 130 at-bats. Last year, Mountcastle fell just four at-bats short. He hit .333 with five homers and 23 RBIs.

“Last year was just different,” Mountcastle said. “It felt like with no fans and everything, like a spring training-type thing, back-field games. Obviously, it’s still the big leagues, but with fans here, definitely it’s a lot different. I think last year’s experience helped me.”

Mountcastle had three home runs on June 19th, joining Nick Markakis as the only Orioles’ rookies with a three-homer game. He homered in three straight games from June 2-5th and had an RBI in eight straight games from May 31-June 9th, matching Carlos Correa for the longest streak in the major leagues this season. He’s the first Oriole rookie to do that.

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  1. Horncall

    July 2, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Geez. Harvey can’t stay off the IL for anything. Is it time to stop this experiment?

  2. Bumble bee

    July 2, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Not stop but shop

    • CalsPals

      July 2, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      Agree, not sure how many teams would be interested, with worthwhile offerings…go O’s…

    • dlgruber1

      July 2, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      I know, they could package Hunter and CD. Imagine the return on that.

  3. Bman

    July 2, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Good timing as they’ll have some time off. It lends itself to Elias strategy of not taking arms with first Round picks, too risky.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 3, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      Has anybody ever heard Elias make that statement? That it’s too risky? Not saying he hasn’t, just asking.

    • CalsPals

      July 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm

      Haven’t heard that one…go O’s…

  4. Icterus fan

    July 2, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    We haven’t seen enough of Harvey to actually miss him.
    He flashes a good fastball, but how long do you stick with him?

    • Rich Dubroff

      July 2, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      Marty, Harvey is one of eight or nine relievers. He’s not preventing a top prospect from being on the staff. He’s not eligible for arbitration, so he’s still making minimal money. He wouldn’t bring much in return right now. There is no reason to give up on him. There is also no reason to depend on him.

  5. Buzz1979

    July 2, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Harvey is a straight up puss! Akin, the chubby little guy, ain’t it!

    • Rich Dubroff

      July 2, 2021 at 10:51 pm

      Let’s watch your language, Buzz.

  6. Buzz1979

    July 2, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Leyba is going to be a stud compared to Wilkerson, plays multiple positions well, unlike Wilkerson.

    • CalsPals

      July 3, 2021 at 9:22 am

      It’s ok Buzz…go O’s…

  7. Buzz1979

    July 2, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Gavin Sheets is tearing it up with the White sox so far, 8 RBI in 15 AB so far!

  8. jimcarter

    July 3, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Hunter Harvey is another Dan Klein. Klein finished his Orioles minor league career with a 0.93 ERA and a list of injuries as long as his arm. Harvey should follow Klein’s example and hang it up.

  9. OriolesNumber1Fan

    July 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Can’t believe all the constant negativity on this site. Always dwelling on the negative! Rich states injuries to Hunter Harvey (ho hum, so what’s new) and Travis Lakins (significant) and also mentions how Ryan Mountcastle was the American League Rookie of the Month for June. And not one positive word on this site so far about what Mountcastle has done since April, not one! Well, I guess I will change that. This guy is the real deal as far as hitting. His play at first base has gotten a lot better as well. Great scoop of the one hopper from second baseman Pat Valaika last night! Keep up the great work.
    Tough loss last night but we battled a team with $183 million dollar payroll to a walk off win. Some nice overall play from Urias and Leyba since they were called up! They make a nice double play combo and more importantly – NO ERRORS! That’s huge for the up the middle defense with Mullins in center field. And with Urias hitting a very respectable .250 with a .354 on base percentage, that’s not bad for a last place hitter when Franco gets back.

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