“It’s good news that they’re recommending rest and therapy and then a resumption of the throwing program,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “It seems like a bump in the road.”
So the organization and its fan base was holding its collective breath that the 2011 first-rounder would not need surgery on his electric right arm.
Andrews met with Bundy on Monday in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He recommended and then administered the PRP injection. Andrews prescribed rest for six weeks — a time in which Bundy will stay in Sarasota, Fla. and work with the organization’s medical staff.
“We’re hoping we’re talking about June. I hope. We’ll see. We are going to take the conservative approach and make sure we get it resolved,” Showalter said. “He’ll have a good support staff down there with him. He just has to listen to what the doctors say he should be doing.”
Bundy, listed as the sport’s No. 2 prospect by Baseball America heading into this season, is not the first young Orioles pitcher to have a PRP injection. Last spring Zach Britton, who made his Orioles debut Monday night in Seattle, underwent two rounds of the procedure.
As part of the procedure, the blood is enriched with platelets and is designed to stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissue.