SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles reduced their camp roster to 46 (with nine non-roster invitees) on Friday by optioning injured right-hander Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie.
It was a procedural move, because Bundy needed to be placed on the minor league disabled list by Friday.
“It just changes where I am going to be,” Bundy said. “I’m going to be working with [minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker] down there [at the minor league complex] and that’s who I’ve been working with the first six months of my rehab. So we have a good relationship. It will be fine.”
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Bundy, 21, had elbow ligament surgery in June and has been rehabbing in Sarasota since. Since the opening of camp he has been with the big league club, working with the major league athletic trainers and further bonding with the players.
“It’s always [good] to getting to bond with these guys and stay close to them,” he said. “The training staff here is good, too, so to be able to work with them was helpful.”
Bundy’s next step in his throwing program is a small one – he’ll throw from a flat mound Wednesday. He will do that a few times and then hopes to progress to a half mound after that.
There is no set timetable for his return – or where it will be; being optioned to Bowie is also procedural – but it’s realistic he could be back in a minor league game by June.
“I don’t want to jinx anything,” he said. “I don’t want to say too much about it. Just keep doing my work and everything should be fine.”
Bundy, the club’s top pick in 2011, is still considered the 2014 top prospect in the organization by Baseball America.