“In high school, I didn't know a whole lot of shoulder stuff. I just worked out and long tossed and did some mini-band stuff for my shoulder. Right now, we're doing a lot of exercises and definitely my shoulder feels a lot stronger than it has been, so I know coming back that if I keep doing these exercises, it should feel great.”
Now he has moved on to a throwing progression that will likely take him into spring training.
“Right now, [Walker] told me the main thing is throwing,” Bundy said. “That’s what my job is, to pitch, so the main thing is throwing. Before I started throwing, the main thing is getting your shoulder exercises done every day — and elbow exercises, whatever you’re doing that day. That was the main goal — to do that right and do it correctly and stay on it. And now every other day, it’s throwing. That’s the main goal. That’s what you want to accomplish every other day and do it right and get good use from it.”
Showalter is hesitant to let Bundy’s recovery process get too far ahead of itself. When asked whether he believes Bundy will be pitching in games again in late June, he nods his head slowly.
And even once Bundy returns, there’s no certainty that he’s ready to join the major league club. He wasn’t a finished product when he made his big league debut in late 2012.
But there is hope that he can help the Orioles sooner than later.
“I look for him to be a viable option for us in July,” Showalter said.
Dylan Bundy speaks
Here is a full transcript of Dylan Bundy's comments Monday to reporters.
On how he feels physically:
Everything's great. I'm throwing without pain for the first time in a year, so that's always a positive. I'm up to 60 feet now. It feels great. Now it's just a progression to get out to 200 feet and then get on a mound. I think the plan is hopefully to be on a mound or a half mound at the end of spring training."
On whether he feels like he’s ahead of schedule:
It's a tough question, whether you're ahead of schedule or not on schedule, because different players come back at different times. It just kind of depends on your work ethic and whether you have setbacks when you get back on a mound. But I'd say I'm on schedule so far, and I'm happy with it.
On his goal on a return:
They say 10 to 12 to 14 months, something like that. I had surgery on [June 27], so really my plan is to be in a game competitively by June 28. Hopefully, the plan is to be pitching in sim games or these games down here in the GCL for a little bit by June. That's the plan. Plans change, though.
On what he has learned about the process:
Go to the trainers. If you've got a little bit of pain, no matter if it's a small thing, maybe there's a chance they can take care of it earlier. That's a little piece of advice. I tried to throw through it because that's just my mentality. If I think I could have gotten through it, I tried it, especially down in the minor league camp, and it didn't work for me. We tried different processes -- rehab, rest and then the platelet rich plasma thing -- and that didn't work. I wish I had it done earlier, so I could come back earlier this year, but that's just how things go.
On how tough it was to be out: