Harvey out with right fibula fracture

Harvey out with right fibula fracture

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is out 4-6 weeks with a slight fracture of his right fibula.

Harvey had a CT scan on the area Sunday after X-rays came back negative. He was hit by a comebacker in a Minor League game Saturday. Harvey was in big league camp this spring and reassigned on March 16.

The Orioles aren't overly concerned about the injury since it shortens up Harvey's season anyhow.

"If there is actually such a thing as a good [injury]," manager Buck Showalter said. "It's not-displaced, hairline, and he was only going to throw about X number of innings anyway, so now we can just let him go when he gets back. So I don't look at it as anything, It kind of keeps us from having to break up his season. There's a half-full [opinion for you."

Showalter said Harvey hit 98 mph in that inning on Saturday.

"He's in a good place, so freshen up his arm a little bit and get him back out there in four to six weeks," he said. "It's the definition of hairline. You have to really look for it. I don't know why they went with a CT scan. He must have had some point tenderness today or something. Most of those things, some people pitch with them, play with them. Just not a good idea right now, because then it may become displaced. So just put him in a boot, and he'll be ready to go."

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