Right-hander Dylan Bundy pitched five innings and allowed one run for short-season Single-A Aberdeen against Hudson Valley on Sunday in his first competitive game since 2012.
Bundy, who was the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2011, underwent Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery last June. He had been limited to simulated games and extended spring training sessions before Sunday, but he's recovering about two weeks ahead of schedule and feels like he could pitch for the Orioles later this year.
Bundy, 21, struck out three in the second inning Sunday. He had six strikeouts in the game, didn’t issue a walk and displayed a knack for getting himself out of jams.
Bundy allowed at least one hit in all but one inning, but he stranded four base runners and held the Renegades hitless (0-for-7) with runners in scoring position.
Hudson Valley scored its only run against Bundy on an RBI groundout in the third inning that followed a single and a ground-rule double. He exited as planned after the fifth inning, having thrown 65 pitches, according to the IronBirds' public relations department.
Bundy is scheduled to make a second start for Aberdeen on Saturday.