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Dylan Bundy hasn't had any physical setbacks during rehab, Buck Showalter says

TORONTO -- Before Wednesday's game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter raved about the reports from right-hander Dylan Bundy’s start at High-A Frederick on Tuesday, when he threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just five hits while striking out seven batters and issuing no walks.

“It was his best outing,” Showalter said. “He felt great. He threw the ball well, no walks. It was the best outing he’s had.”

Tuesday’s outing was Bundy’s sixth with Frederick and his ninth minor league start since returning from last year’s Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery. It was the first time with the Keys that Bundy has allowed no walks, and his seven strikeouts were the most he has had in a game since joining Frederick.

Showalter said the biggest success is that Bundy hasn’t had any physical setbacks in his return from a major arm injury.

“I think one of the [important] things is that he felt sore in the right places,” Showalter said. “One thing to keep in mind that’s been real encouraging this whole [time] is that, unlike about 50 percent of them I’ve dealt with through the years, he’s had no setbacks. None. It’s never been, ‘Alrightly, let’s skip a start,’ or ‘Let’s give him a couple extra days.’ He’s stiff or sore. He hasn’t had one setback. That’s exciting.”

Bundy is 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA in six starts with Frederick and 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA overall, including three starts at short-season Single-A Aberdeen.

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Low-A Delmarva left-hander Luis Gonzalez was named organizational pitcher of the month after going 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA in five starts in July. Delmarva infielder Drew Dosch was the player of the month, hitting .364 (39-for-107) with a homer and 15 RBIs. … Right-hander Bud Norris said his right ankle is fine after he rolled it in Tuesday’s start. He said it won’t prevent him from making his next start. Norris, who rolled his ankle previously this season, will continue to get treatment on the ankle. … Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who is scheduled to start Thursday’s series finale in Toronto, is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 20 career appearances (19 starts) against the Blue Jays. He allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks in his last outing in Toronto on April 22.

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