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Orioles Notebook: Bundy seeks second opinion on elbow

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles' No. 1 prospect Dylan Bundy threw for the first time from 90 feet on Monday after getting shut down with tightness in his right elbow in late spring training. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Bundy said his arm still does not feel right and he went to seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Showalter said he believed Bundy saw Andrews Tuesday, but may have been able to see him Monday if he was able to get in.

Bundy's first MRI showed no damage in his elbow and Showalter said the discomfort is more in Bundy's forearm in what Showalter said is described to him as "flexor mass."

"He still doesn't feel just right," Showalter said. "We're very supportive of it."

The 20-year-old right-handed starter was Baltimore's first pick, and No. 4 overall, in the 2011 draft and made two relief appearances for the club in September last season. Showalter said he's not sure when the discomfort started becoming a problem for Bundy, but thought it first started after he was optioned to minor-league camp.

"I don't think there's something definitive on it," Showalter said. "We're more interested in getting it resolved."

Showalter added that it was Bundy who requested to get further examined after he threw Monday.

"I try to take it for what it is, right now, and that's that he wanted to get a second opinion just to be sure," Showalter said. "He hoped it would resolve quicker than this."

NEW STARTER: Right-handed starting pitcher Josh Stinson arrived at Camden Yards several hours before the game Tuesday. Showalter said the 25-year-old will start Wednesday in the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The need for an extra starter arose when both Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen had to pitch in a day-night doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

Stinson went 2-0 with an 0.77 ERA in two starts for Class-AAA Norfolk this season, after the Orioles claimed him off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on April 4.

"It's a surprise, but I also see it as an opportunity," Stinson said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know [catcher Matt] Wieters and figuring out a gameplan."

Stinson came to Baltimore Saturday night, in case the Orioles needed an extra arm Sunday after Saturday's doubleheader. But that did not happen.

Stinson last pitched Saturday for High Class-A Frederick, pitching two innings out of the bullpen.

Showalter said Stinson was one of five options for the start, which included Jair Jurrjens, Zach Britton, Freddy Garcia and Zach Clark. He said the system felt Stinson was the best option.

"We had some options there, they thought he was a tick more ready," Showalter said. "He's got a good arm."

WADA UPDATE: Left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada threw four innings Tuesday in extended spring training. Showalter said he will pitch five innings his next outing and until he does that a few times, he won't be ready to go on a rehab assignment.

DAY OFF: Showalter said Wieters will not be the catcher in Wednesday's game with a 12:35 p.m. start. Showalter has rested Wieters primarily on day games after night games in the past, and that will be the case Wednesday.

Backup catcher Taylor Teagarden will start his third game of the season.

"Traveling to the West Coast, Matt needs tomorrow," Showalter said. "As much as we like him playing for us as many times as possible, I'm not going to jeopardize his health."

The Orioles travel to play Oakland in a four-game series starting Thursday.