By CHRIS HOBBS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Bandys High pitching star Hunter Harvey’s stay in Triple A was very short, as he was called back to the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Harvey — sent to Triple-A Rochester (N.Y.) when Washington left spring training — rejoins the Nationals (1-3) as they prepare to start a three-game series on Monday night in Atlanta.
He will wear No. 73 and pitch as a reliever.
Washington is then at Pittsburgh on Thursday through Sunday before a home stretch of 11 games in 12 days against Arizona, San Francisco and Florida.
He pitched twice for Rochester, working two innings, allowing one hit, no runs, striking out two and opponents hitting .143 against him.
Harvey’s path to the major leagues was through Baltimore after signing as a 2013 draft first-rounder. He got in seven games for the Orioles in 2019, 10 in 2020 and nine last season (26 games, 1-2 record, 3.42 ERA, 23 2/3 innings pitched with nine walks and 23 strikeouts). Opponents hit .216 against him in those three seasons.
The son of two-time All-Star Game reliever Bryan Harvey, Hunter was placed on waivers by the Orioles during the off-season and taken by the Giants. He went to spring training in Arizona with the Giants but did not pitch (tricep injury), and was then placed on waivers after San Francisco dropped him off its 40-man roster.
Selected by the Nationals off waivers, he was in camp with them for a short period before the team set its 40-man roster. Harvey had one final option that allowed Washington to send him to the minor leagues rather than put him on the opening day big league roster.
The Nationals opened with three straight home losses to the New York Mets and then won on Sunday.