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Monday, December 23, 2013

Orioles' Dylan Bundy throwing from 45 feet

By on 12/23/2013 10:00:00 AM

Baltimore Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy had a terrific start to his professional career when he went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 Minor League starts in 2012. He then made his Major League debut with two games at the end of that season. He did not allow a run in 1.2 innings. Bundy looked like he was getting closer and closer to becoming a mainstay in the Orioles' rotation.

Elbow problems, though, developed in Spring Training of 2013, forcing Bundy to have Tommy John surgery on June 27. He never pitched in the regular season. The Orioles expect Bundy, Baseball America's second-ranked pitching prospect entering 2013, back on the mound by June.

Bundy's progress looks good. NBC's Bill Baer announced Sunday night that Bundy, age 21, has begun throwing from 45 feet in hopes of meeting or beating that predicted June return.
Baer also cites an interview between Bundy and's Kelsie Heneghan in which Bundy briefly explained his rehab process. He said he is working hard on shoulder and elbow exercises as well as beginning those light throwing workouts. He expects to step up his throwing before long and strengthen his rotator cuff.

Bundy's future still looks very bright. He could eventually become an important part of the Orioles' rotation, and if he can return to his pre-surgery form quickly, that chance should come sooner rather than later.

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