By CHRIS HOBBS
BOWIE, Md. – When he started his day on Monday, former Bandys High star pitcher Hunter Harvey was on schedule to make his first pitching start for the Class AA Bowie (Md.) Baysox.
But by mid-day — around 12:15 EST – a phone call changed his day and his life by making April 9, 2018, a day that will probably always be circled on his calendar.
The phone call was from Harvey’s parent club, the Baltimore Orioles, instructing him to leave Bowie for Baltimore – and the major leagues – so he can pitch, if needed, out of the bullpen when the O’s face the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards tonight (Monday) at 7 p.m.
Bowie is less than 30 miles and about a 40-minute drive from Baltimore.
The official announcement about Harvey wasn’t ready for public release until later in the day but HobbsDailyReport.com was notified about 25 minutes after the phone call that Harvey, the Orioles’ first-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, was headed to the big leagues for the first time.
Harvey was packing to leave Bowie at mid-day, accompanied by his father, Bryan. His dad said he could get into the Monday night game as a long reliever.
Baltimore starts a three-game series with Toronto on Monday night and also plays night games on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Blue Jays. After a day off on Thursday, the Orioles play at Boston on Friday through Monday before visiting Detroit on April 17-19.
Baltimore (4-6) is currently in fourth place in the American League East, trailing Boston (8-1), Toronto (6-4) and the New York Yankees (5-5) after a four-game series in New York that taxed the Orioles’ pitching staff.
The Orioles won a 14-inning game 7-3 on Friday and went 12 innings on Sunday to beat the Yankees 8-7.
Hunter Harvey, a right-hander, was on Baltimore’s 40-man roster all of spring training, making several starts as he works his way back from pitching only 31 1/3 innings over three seasons due to injuries that included Tommy John surgery to his pitching arm.
The Orioles had considered breaking spring training with Harvey potentially as their fifth starter but sent him to Bowie on the heels of signing free agent Alex Cobb, 12-10 last season with an ERA of 3.66 for Tampa Bay.
Cobb was scheduled to start Monday’s game against Toronto and was sent to extended spring training to instead pitch six innings there against the Twins, The Baltimore Sun reported. The Sun story said Cobb is expected to make his first start of the season in Boston.
MLB.COM VIDEO SCOUTING REPORT ON HUNTER HARVEY: https://www.mlb.com/news/hunter-harvey-optioned-to-minors-by-orioles/c-269296424
HUNTER HARVEY’S CAREER MINOR LEAGUE STATS:
BOXSCORE FROM BRYAN HARVEY’S MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT: