“It’s an innings limit, and that’s fine with me,” Bundy said. “They’re looking out for my arm, so it’s going to be a long process the whole year. Hopefully by July I’m up to five innings, and I’m happy with that.”
Bundy knows the team's plan and hopes that it will help him rise through the ranks.
"That’s up to them, [but] it kind of depends on how I pitch, too," he said. "But I know I’m going to be at three or four innings for a couple months, and I can’t go up to the big leagues throwing three innings as a starter."
Selected fourth overall in 2011, Bundy believes he is fully healthy. But he acknowledges that he has some work to do.
“I’m still trying to get my mechanics to where I used to be, and also command of my pitches, really,” Bundy said. “They say it’s difficult coming off surgery like that getting your command back, so definitely just have got to work on it.”
During his career in the Minors, Bundy has an ERA of 2.42 with 156 strikeouts and 44 walks in 145 innings pitched.
Walker went 1-for-12 at the plate for a lowly .083 batting average this spring. At both Norfolk and Bowie in 2014, Walker hit .288 in 2014.
Bundy posted a 5.79 ERA in three appearances this spring. With Single-A teams Aberdeen and Frederick a year ago, Bundy posted a 3.27 ERA in 41 1/3 innings.
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.
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