It is one of the phrases that no pitcher, player, coach or organization wants to hear, "Tommy John Surgery", and the Baltimore Orioles had to hear it last season with top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy. News out of Baltimore is that Bundy is progressing extremely well in his rehab and the organization is impressed with his work ethic.
Bundy underwent Tommy John surgery last June, and has already began a light throwing program in early December as he works his way back.
MASN's Steve Melewski reports that Bundy's throwing program in December was 25 throws from 60 feet every other day and as long as no setbacks are experienced, the program would ramp up this month.
Despite the great progress, the timetable for Bundy's return has not been changed as it is too early to begin speculating that he will return sooner.
Although he is progressing well, we do not expect Bundy to be a factor for the Orioles in 2014 unless he proves through multiple outings in the minor leagues that his arm is fully healthy and his strength and conditioning are enough to contribute in the bullpen. The last thing that the organization needs to do is rush him back, he is just turned 21 in November, he is the future, so Baltimore needs to make sure he is available in the future.
Bundy has tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the big leagues, and has posted a 9-3 record with a 2.08 ERA in 23 career Minor League starts across three levels. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft and has compiled 105 1/3 professional innings, all of which came in 2012.
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