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Orioles' Dylan Bundy to face hitters for first time Tuesday

By on 5/09/2014 10:15:00 AM

Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has endured the long rehab process after undergoing Tommy John surgery last season. In February, we reported the right-hander was targeting a return to game action by June or July. He's taking a big step Tuesday to keep that goal a reality.

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reported Bundy threw a 50-pitch bullpen Thursday at Baltimore's spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla. He's scheduled to throw live batting practice for the first time since surgery Tuesday.

The right-hander is so excited about the next step in his rehab, he can hardly contain himself:
Kubatko also mentioned Bundy should be pitching in extended spring training games in less than two weeks, as long as everything goes well.

He hasn't thrown a pitch since 2012, but still ranks him as the organization's top prospect. The hurler progressed from Low-A ball all the way to the majors in 2012. He went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 119 strikeouts in 103.2 innings pitched in the minors, while also throwing 1.2 scoreless innings with the Orioles before the year finished.

Once he's deemed healthy enough to return, Bundy could be an interesting addition to Baltimore's staff. At 18-14, they're currently a half-game ahead of the New York Yankees for first place in a deep American League East division.

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