Harvey hit the 10-day injured list with an upper-back strain Saturday. Harvey has been poor all season but was particularly bad in his last start, when he allowed eight runs while recording just eight outs. His season ERA now sits at 7.50. It's unclear if the back issue is expected to keep him out a while or if he'll rest up and miss just one start.
Harvey (2-4) completed only 2.2 innings and gave up eight runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out one in a losing effort against Minnesota on Thursday. After throwing a scoreless first inning, Harvey was tagged for six runs in the second and two more in the third. He served up four homers in the game and has now allowed 11 on the season. With the poor outing, his season ERA rose from an ugly 6.35 to a downright hideous 7.50. Harvey had appeared to be turning things around of late, giving up only two earned runs in each of his previous two starts, but this effort highlights how far removed he is from his days of being a rising star. He'll try to right the ship when he faces Oakland in his next start Tuesday.
Harvey won't make his scheduled start Wednesday since the game was postponed due to unplayable field conditions, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. It was no longer raining when the game was scheduled to start, but the rain during the afternoon left the field unplayable. The game will be made up Thursday afternoon, so Harvey should simply pitch with an additional day of rest.
Harvey (2-3) earned the win Friday against the Royals after allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts over five innings. Harvey carried a 9.64 ERA into Friday's matchup against the Royals but proved he had better stuff than the numbers suggested. The 30-year-old cruised early on, retiring eight of his first nine batters before running into temporary trouble in the third with a pair of two-out singles. He managed to work his way out of impending jams to earn his second win of the season -- both against the Royals. Although the right-hander has fanned just 34 batters over 45.1 innings this year, his strikeout rate is on the rise with 18 K's over his last 20.2 innings. He'll carry a 6.25 ERA and 1.43 WHIP into his next showdown against the Twins.
Harvey permitted two runs on five hits and two walks in four innings, striking out six as the Angels eventually defeated the Orioles on Saturday. Staked to a two-run lead, Harvey was touched for a two-run shot by Dwight Smith Jr. in the bottom of the first inning for his only runs allowed. However, it took him 93 pitches to complete four innings, and he was replaced to start the fifth frame. The 30-year-old righty's ERA (6.69) and WHIP (1.41), and he'll try to bounce back against the Royals at home on Friday.