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Friday, August 1, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: Hunter Harvey, Chris Davis, Ubaldo Jimenez

By on 8/01/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Baltimore Orioles entered Thursday night's game with a record of 60-46, two and a half games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. The Orioles are in good position in the division and American League despite being in the middle of the pack in ERA and 10th in runs scored. But two important pieces, Chris Davis and Ubaldo Jimenez, are needed for the Orioles to sustain this run through the rest of the season. There is good news on Jimenez and Davis, as well as with prospect Hunter Harvey.

Our own Darius Austin reported on Wednesday that Jimenez made a rehab start for Single A Aberdeen, going 4 2/3 innings, struck out three and allowed only a run.

Cody Goodwin of The Baltimore Sun reported that Jimenez felt good after the rehab start and said the most important things was the way he felt covering first base and backing up throws.
“That was the main thing, just to see how the ankle would respond. It’s getting there. The first time you hurt some part of your body, it’s not going to be like it was before right away.”
Manager Buck Showalter was pleased with the results and all indications are that Jimenez should return to the Orioles soon.
“For the most part, he got his work in. He could obviously pitch for us, or pitch for Norfolk, Sunday or Monday. That’s what we’re deciding between.”
Jimenez, in his first season with the Orioles, is 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA. The nine-year Major League veteran had his best season in 2010 when he went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA with the Rockies. Jimenez has pitched for the Rockies, Indians and Orioles and has a career record of 85-83 with a 3.97 ERA.   

As for Chris Davis, Showalter said the first baseman is better after being sent home Monday with flu symptoms. Davis did not start on Wednesday but he did make a pinch-hit appearance on Thursday.

Harvey, as reported by Brittany Ghiroli of, has been shut down for the remainder of the season following an MRI which revealed a strained flexor mass. These results are considered good news because there is no ligament domage in the elbow.

Harvey is the second-best pitching prospect in the organization according to the latest rankings.  He last pitched a week ago, going five innings for Class A Delmarva.  Harvey is 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts this season. He's allowed only 66 hits and struck out 106 in 87 2/3 innings.

This article was updated at 7:33AM ET with a note on Chris Davis' pinch-hit appearance on Thursday.

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