Bundy had Tommy John surgery a little more than a year ago, and his progress is being closely monitored by the team. He could still be a factor for the Orioles in the second half, but since he isn't expected to top 75 pitches in any of his starts, he'd likely be limited to five-to-six innings in most of his outings.
Buck Showalter expressed confidence that
Bundy is coming off a mediocre performance at Class A Lynchburg in which he yielded three runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. He had previously allowed just one run in 15 innings for Aberdeen.
"I expected him not [to dominate]," Showalter told CSNBaltimore.com. "It's a process, and he's right where he needs to be in the process. The Carolina League is a big jump from Aberdeen. We feel like he might slow down a little bit there, which is good.
"Whether he's available, good enough to be one of our options to pitch up this year ... when you do these surgeries, you hope they impact the oganization at some point the following year, but really the history shows you it's the following year (after that) usually."
Following his second start at Class A Aberdeen Saturday,
According to the Baltimore Sun, Bundy will be re-evaluated following his third start, set for Thursday. Assuming his recovery from Tommy John surgery does not hit any snags, he could be moved up to a higher level in the minor leagues, though player development director Brian Graham stressed that the team is not ready to rush him back to the majors.
"This season is a rehab process," Graham said. "We need to be patient and get him back on track the right way and we need to get him ready to be a productive part of this system come next spring. Whatever he does this year is a rehab process. Depending on how fast he comes will depend on how he finishes this year."
Bundy tossed five brilliant innings Saturday against Brooklyn, allowing just two hits and no runs. He struck out nine batters and walked just one in the game.
Sunday marked his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery a year ago.
Bundy is expected to throw 75 pitches during the start. He'll make at least two more appearances at the level before the organization decides his next step. Bundy said he's reached a point in his recovery where he's no longer concerned about his arm. "I don't really think about my arm too much when I'm out there or how it's going to feel the next day," Bundy said. "It's kind of like it used to be, my first year in pro ball."
Bundy added that he'll have to work on locating his secondary pitches, and said he's still waiting for his velocity to come all the way back. Bundy is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
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