The major league scout, who watched Thursday and also saw Bundy dominate Low-A South Atlantic League hitters last May, picked up on the slight change in delivery immediately.

"He has got good stuff, he was just a little bit flat up in the strike zone because he was rushing things and was falling off the mound a little more than I've seen," the scout said. "He is going to be fine. I don't think it's an injury issue. I don't think it's an issue at all. I just think he looked like he was trying to throw as hard as he could [Thursday], trying to throw 100 mph and its early in spring and his delivery is not quite as crisp as I saw last year."

Bundy is expected to be sent down — probably to Double-A Bowie — before the Orioles break for the regular season. But Showalter said he'd like Bundy and the club's 2012 first rounder, right-hander Kevin Gausman, to stick around for a little while longer.

"They keep getting feedback and filing information away. What they get is invaluable," Showalter said.

The oldest Oriole in camp, veteran reliever Mark Hendrickson, said one of the things Bundy will have to learn is to deal with the scrutiny that inevitably comes when he has a rough outing or two and must answer questions about it.

"I think the difficult thing is having media constantly talking about things that he may be talking about over and over and over. And that's probably the biggest challenge versus just coming in to play baseball," Hendrickson said. "What happens when you have a bad outing or a couple bad outings? Then the media is constantly asking you questions five days later. Somebody's doing a story and you are kind of reliving it. That's probably going to be his biggest challenge."

Bundy has had a taste of that this month. He had a blip of a struggle, which came with the inevitable whispers. He knows he'll have to deal with those situations — and with more tangible failure — as he progresses as a pitcher.

"It ain't easy, but you learn from it," Bundy said. "That's how you get up and over things, you just have to fail some to succeed like that."

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