Bundy to see Dr. Andrews
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will see noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. for a second opinion after trying to throw off flat ground on Monday and still not feeling quite right.
Bundy, whose injury is being described as “flexor mass tightness”, had an MRI previously on his right elbow and it checked out OK as the discomfort appears to be more in his forearm. Because of that, the team is optimistic about the result of Tuesday’s appointment with Andrews, which was requested by Bundy.
“He still feels some discomfort there,” manager Buck Showalter said of Bundy, who tried to throw from 90 feet at the team’s spring facility in Sarasota, Fla. “He took his MRI and everything with him I’m sure. I don’t know if Dr. Andrews will take another one or not. But we’re very supportive of it.”
“He wanted to get a second opinion just to be sure because he hoped it would be resolved quicker than this.”
The 20-year-old Bundy has not thrown off a regular mound since March and, while he didn’t have a particularly impressive spring, the injury first came to light after he was optioned from Major League camp on March 17.
“I don’t think there’s something definitive on [what caused the injury], the way I understand it,” Showalter said. “We are more interested in getting it resolved right now.
“They took the MRI and the elbow looked good on the MRI. That’s why maybe I don’t at this point feel anything differently yet. I haven’t had anything told me that’s different.”
Bundy was the Orioles’ fourth overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and is rated as the second-best prospect in all of baseball. In 2012, he went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 combined starts between Class A and Double-A before making his highly anticipated big league debut in September. The 20-year-old turned in two scoreless relief appearances, totaling 1 2/3 innings, in the final week of the regular season.