Bundy (1-8) lost Thursday's 4-0 game at the hand of the Athletics, allowing three runs on two hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Bundy calmed down after permitting the game's first three batters to reach base, all of whom would eventually score, to retire 12 of 13 Athletics between the first and fifth innings. It was reported that Bundy would only throw 50-60 pitches, but he stayed in for 72 given his successful rebound following the first inning, though he threw just 56 percent of his pitches for strikes. Bundy's stay in the rotation may hinge on Alex Cobb's blister, though the adequate showing may earn Bundy more innings on an Angels team desperate for pitching.
Bundy will only throw 50-to-60 pitches in Thursday's start against the Athletics, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports. This doesn't come as much surprise given that Bundy hasn't tossed more than 50 pitches in an outing since June 20. Bundy has most recently worked out of the bullpen after struggling as a starter earlier in the season, though that hasn't helped his results as he's allowed three earned runs across three innings as a reliever. Manager Joe Maddon said that a bulk reliever will follow after Bundy, but he declined to name that pitcher in advance.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said Bundy will start Thursday's game against the Athletics, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. After posting a 6.78 ERA and 1.42 WHIP through his first 14 starts of the season, Bundy was moved to the bullpen in late June. The Angels haven't made much use of him since he transitioned to relief duty, with Bundy covering just five frames across four appearances while giving up four runs (three earned) and striking out eight. Bundy may only be making a spot start Thursday in place of Alex Cobb (finger), who is tending to a blister that could result in his placement on the injured list. Since Bundy hasn't tossed more than 50 pitches in an outing since June 20, he likely won't be asked to work deep into Thursday's contest.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that Bundy will pitch out of the bullpen moving forward, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports. Bundy vomited on the mound during his most recent start Monday against the Yankees, an unfortunate metaphor for how his season has gone thus far. Since he only tossed 43 pitches in that outing, the Angels made Bundy available in relief in Wednesday's 11-8 comeback win over New York, when Shohei Ohtani was bounced from the game early. Bundy struck out three in two scoreless frames after Ohtani exited, and the Angels evidently saw enough promise from the 28-year-old in the relief role to give him an extended look out of the bullpen. Even if Bundy ultimately finds more long-term success out of the bullpen, the move from the rotation is undoubtedly a negative development for his fantasy prospects. After Bundy broke out last season to produce a career-low 3.29 ERA and career-high 27.0 percent strikeout rate, fantasy managers invested an early-round pick in him and had high expectations, but he's struggled to a 6.58 ERA while striking out a career-low 21.5 percent of opposing batters in 67 frames. Jose Suarez will step into the rotation in Bundy's place.
Bundy left Monday's game against the Yankees in the second inning due to heat exhaustion. Bundy struggled mightily before departing, recording five outs while allowing two runs on four hits. Fortunately, the illness doesn't sound like a major concern, and after getting a few days to recover, he should remain on track to make his next turn through the rotation Sunday versus the Orioles.
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