Here are some thoughts from the Orioles about the news earlier today that top pitching prospect, 20-year-old right-hander Dylan Bundy, will have elbow ligament (Tommy John surgery) Thursday in Florida.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter on the severity of the news: “It’s because of where he was drafted and what our hopes are. I look at it if it were someone that had already pitched well, had established themselves in the big leagues. He had some roads to cross and this might help him some in certain situations. Hopefully, next year this time we’ll be putting a date on when he is going to pitch again in a game. And we all know, obviously there are a lot of exceptions, but this is a procedure that has become, unfortunately, pretty commonplace, as Dr. [James] Andrews would say.”
Showalter on if there is a sense of relief knowing the surgery will happen now: “I think the key where that’s concerned is now we’ve got that behind us. We know what it is. It’s nothing he is doing wrong or something he’s got to do differently. It’s just something that happens. Pretty normal. And we’re going to fix it.”
Showalter on Bundy’s recovery: “I think if anybody knows Dylan, he’ll be very diligent with his rehab. If anything, we’ll have to watch him being too diligent. That’s a big part of it: If you are willing to go through the rehab. Trust me, as from a guy that went through rehab with knee replacement, it’s not fun. Requires a lot of discipline. Depends on whether you want to walk or not. Where he’s concerned, whether he wants to pitch for us or not. And he does.”
Showalter, who hadn’t spoken to Bundy, on what he perceives in Bundy’s mindset: "Dylan’s ready to go. I think he’s ready – you think about everything he’s been through with this. He just wants to get it done, start the thought to be able to pitch without any discomfort, because I think this is probably kind of new to him. You can always make a statement that everybody’s going to have [the surgery] sooner or later, but you try to keep it from happening. But in a lot of cases that’s preordained. You take the precautions you need to take, hopefully it doesn’t happen.”
Center fielder Adam Jones on the news: “The good part about it, and I look in the positive, is that he is 20. He’ll bounce back throwing harder. It seems like now everybody’s gonna have it, especially the new generation. But it sucks. I know his competitiveness. I know he wants to play. Just have the surgery and I hope he takes his time getting back. He’s going to miss the rest of this season obviously and most of 2014, so I think his timeline is probably the end of 2014 or to start fresh in 2015 and give him a complete year and a half of rehab. And he’ll only be 22 then and he’ll still have a bright future. It’s unfortunate that he is going through the surgery, especially at a young age when he wants to play, but for his career this might be the best move. Some people have it early and they come back stronger. That’s what I think will happen and we have some great trainers here to where they’ll make sure he comes back and it doesn’t happen again.”
Reliever Darren O’Day on the news: “It’s probably pretty scary for a young guy, but it’s actually I would think in the long term, not such a bad thing. He was 97, 98 (mph with his fastball) a couple years ago, last year 95 (in the spring 90). Miguel Gonzalez came back throwing harder. Who is to say what Dylan is going to be like when he comes back? He is a big strong kid, he works hard. I expect him to come back even better.”
O’Day on how elbow surgery compares to other baseball injuries: “I know guys that had it pitching in high school. They came back and had long careers, so Tommy John is not anything to really be scared of now, I don’t think. Shoulder surgery is scary. Elbow surgery, Tommy John, has such a good success rate, a lot of guys come back even better. So I think he’ll be all right.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun