Despite that, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that the organization would limit Bundy's innings so they could use him in a late-season call up to the Major Leagues.
The innings limit isn't related to the surgery. The Orioles have taken similar approaches with prospects in the past. "Like I said all along, the governors are off on him," Showalter told the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo Encina. "If you pitch well enough to be in the mix and there’s a need, then yes. ... We’re not doing anything different with him."
Machado is coming off August knee surgery, while Bunday made nine starts in the minors in 2014 returning from Tommy John surgery. Although, he pitched just 41 1/3 innings last year.
"He's crossed every physical hurdle, and then some," Showalter said, per MASNsports.com.
Bundy is expected to begin the 2015 season at Double-A. He was 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 41 1/3 innings last season in the minors.
The move was confirmed by general manager Dan Duquette. Bundy had Tommy John surgery in 2013, and made 18 starts in the minors last season. Bundy has been considered the team's top prospect over the past three years. He's considered to have top-of-the-rotation upside, and could work his way into the team's rotation if he gets off to a strong start.
With the minor-league season set to end in two weeks, there may not be time for
"I don't know what's in store for me the next two or three weeks. The minor league season ends on Sept. 1," Bunday said. "We'll see what happens. If I go home, I'll go back to Oklahoma and enjoy the off-season. Hunt some and hang with my friends and my dad and rest for about 2 1/2 months and start throwing again."
Bundy did say his elbow still feels good following his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Bundy started nine games between two Class A stops, posting a 3.27 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 16 walks in 41 1/3 innings of work.
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