Bundy, who has yet to pitch since Spring Training, has been sidelined with tightness in his right forearm, and the Orioles have played it safe to keep him shutdown until he is 100% to not rush him into action. Yesterday, after throwing a 90 foot flat ground, he was still experiencing tightness in the forearm and requested to get a second opinion from Andrews.
“[Bundy's elbow] still doesn’t feel just right, so he went to see Dr. Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., just to get a second opinion on what we think we’re dealing with,” Manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ll get something back and we hope to find out that [he] feels the same way that our people do who have looked at it."
It is still unclear if it was a particular pitch or moment that triggered the initial tightness that Bundy suffered in Spring Training, which the Orioles are still labeling as flexor mass tightness, but the fact that the issue is still there makes getting a second opinion a good idea.
Bundy's initial MRI came back clean with no damage or structural issues with his elbow.
“They took an MRI and the elbow looked good,” Showalter said. “That was why maybe I don’t — at this point — feel anything differently yet. I haven’t had anything told to me that anything’s different."
Andrews will likely have Bundy undergo another MRI so he can see the results first hand. There is room for optimism, however because by all accounts thus far, the elbow is clean, so this should not lead to a Tommy John surgery situation, but it is understandable to hear fans panic because it is normally, but not always, bad news for pitchers when they visit Dr. James Andrews.
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