Consider Dylan Bundy's visit to Dr. James Andrews to be happily free of worst-case scenarios. After visiting the famed surgeon, the Orioles phenom and top pitching prospect in baseball has not been prescribed Tommy John surgery, as many feared. Rather, tweets MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli, Bundy received an injection of platelet-rich plasma and will now rest for six weeks in Florida.
This isn't great news, in that it stalls Bundy's development and removes him from consideration for a rotation spot in Baltimore for the time being, but it's far from the worst outcome of a visit to the chambers of Dr. Andrews. Obviously, this doesn't rule out surgery down the road, but Bundy has avoided the knife for now.
As Ghiroli notes elsewhere, Bundy has been diagnosed with "flexor mass tightness." Andrews' examination turned up no structural damage in Bundy's throwing elbow, which concurs with the results of a previous MRI.
The 20-year-old former fourth-overall pick of the 2011 draft notched a 2.04 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 4.25 K/BB across three different levels last season. Bundy also made two relief appearances for the Orioles after the rosters expanded in September. There, he allowed one hit and no runs in 1 2/3 innings.