WASHINGTON -- Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will be limited to 75 pitches per outing this season -- no matter where he ends up, manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday.
But that pitch count doesn’t preclude him from joining the Orioles at some point this season or even starting games at the major league level.
“No, some people actually throw six innings with 75 pitches, too,” Showalter said.
Bundy, 21, is recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery last June and has pitched in four minor league games this season. He is scheduled to pitch Thursday for High-A Frederick, where he won’t throw over 75 pitches.
“That’s something we are probably not going to waver from. We probably could if we had to. I’m kind of cautious when people bring up Bundy as an option at some point [with the Orioles],” Showalter said. “First, he’s got to figure out the Carolina League a little bit. But right now, the plan is to limit him to 75 max all year.”
It’s something in which minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker and his staff believe and has shown to be effective, Showalter said.
“Their track record down there is real good, and we’re gonna lean on them,” Showalter said. “[Bundy] is pitching. He is back a little earlier than he was supposed to, and he is pitching competitively and professionally and moving right along. So I don’t get into that ahead and behind schedule, he is right where he is supposed to be.”
The hope all along has been that Bundy will join the Orioles at some point later this season — maybe for September call-ups — and provide another option in the bullpen or, potentially, the rotation.
But the Orioles are not putting a timetable on his return.
Around the horn
Triple-A Norfolk right hander Suk-min Yoon has received treatment on his shoulder and will return to action later this week. He is on the minor league disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. … Right-hander Ramon Ramirez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk, the Orioles announced Tuesday. … Right-hander Steve Johnson, who has dealt with shoulder issues, will pitch Wednesday for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He’ll be limited to two innings or 30 pitches. … Sparrows Point High School teacher Thomas Arentz was selected by fans as the Orioles’ All-Star teacher. He’ll be recognized before the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Baltimore Sun reporter Alejandro Zuniga contributed to this article.