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O's top prospect Harvey set to throw bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- Orioles top prospect Hunter Harvey will throw another bullpen on Thursday as the right-hander continues to rehab back from a series of injuries that have kept him from appearing in a Minor League game all year.

Harvey sustained a fractured fibula after taking a ball off his right ankle in late March. He worked his way back to extended spring after that, but elbow tightness in a rehab outing in May shelved him again. He threw his first bullpen last Thursday and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the hope is Harvey will be healthy enough to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Harvey was shut down last year in July with a strained right flexor mass. The Orioles' first-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2013 Draft spent last year at Class A Delmarva, where he went 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts. He recorded 106 strikeouts against 33 walks over 87 2/3 innings.

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