At the Aberdeen IronBirds' media day Tuesday, manager Matt Merullo confirmed that Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will make his first rehab start with the short-season Single-A club Sunday on the road against the Hudson Valley Renegades.
Merullo said the goal is to get Bundy, the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2011, two starts with Aberdeen. The right-hander, who has been pitching in extended spring training after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, will also start June 21 when the IronBirds return home to face the Brooklyn Cyclones at Ripken Stadium, Merullo said.
"Sunday will be his first start," Merullo said. "Then he should be scheduled to go on the Saturday night that we get back here, so that'll be good timing and hopefully everything stays on schedule."
Merullo said Bundy will be limited to five innings or 75 pitches per outing — whichever comes first. Still, that's a heavier workload from Bundy's most recent outing in extended spring training, which Merullo commended.
"His last outing that I saw in extended spring training, he dominated," Merullo said. "I know it's extended spring training, but he made his pitches. He had velocity and a feel for his off-speed stuff. I could tell he felt real good about himself executing the pitches that he was trying to make that day. He went four innings, and I think it was 60 pitches. So I would imagine he's progressed to five innings and 75 pitches by the time Sunday rolls around."
Bundy was not in Aberdeen for Tuesday's media activities, but he tweeted Monday night "Headed to MD" and "Georgia one state closer to MD #birdland". He is scheduled to arrive to Ripken Stadium on Thursday for a joint news conference with Merullo.
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