Bundy to undergo Tommy John surgery
Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on Thursday, effectively ending the 20-year-old’s season and sidelining him for approximately 12 months.
Bundy was re-examined in Florida by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday after suffering a setback during his rehab earlier in the week, and he was diagnosed with a partial tear in his elbow ligament. The rehab and recovery timetable is typically around a year, but varies in each particular case.
The fourth overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Bundy was ranked the No. 2 prospect in baseball by MLB.com entering the season but has yet to throw a pitch in 2013. He was optioned to Double-A out of Spring Training and last threw off a regular mound in March, getting shut down when the injury –originally diagnosed as right flexor mass tightness—first crept up.
Bundy, who was also re-examined by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Tuesday, saw Andrews and was administered a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection on April 29 and prescribed six weeks of rest. He had no previous issues in his rehab up until Monday, when he felt discomfort throwing from 120 feet of flat ground at the team’s spring facility, which prompted another look.
In his first full season as a pro last year, Bundy 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. He appeared in relief for the Orioles in the final month of the regular season.
The Baltimore Sun first reported that Bundy needed Tommy John.