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Dylan Bundy throws perfect inning in Arizona Fall League debut

Dylan Bundy throws perfect inning in Arizona Fall League debut
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (49)winds up, pitching in relief in a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., Monday, March 16, 2015. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy, pitching in his first game since mid-May, needed just seven pitches to toss a scoreless inning in his Arizona Fall League debut Monday afternoon.

Bundy was the starting pitcher for the Peoria Javelinas against the Mesa Solar Sox, retiring all three batters he faced, inducing two flyouts and striking out one.

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He threw his fastball -- which was clocked at 93-94 mph -- on five of his seven pitches in the outing and also struck out Rays prospect Daniel Robertson swinging on a slider.

Bundy was slated to pitch just one inning on Monday and is scheduled for another one-inning outing in his next fall league appearance later this week. He is scheduled to make two appearances a week for the remaining three weeks of the fall league season.

The Orioles don't have a stringent innings limit on Bundy this fall, but the organization believed it was important for Bundy to get some game innings under his belt before spring training begins in February.

Monday marked the first time Bundy, the Orioles' first-round pick in 2011, pitched in a game since May 21 because of right shoulder stiffness. He's pitched in just 17 minor league games since undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery in June of 2013.

After receiving a clean bill of health from Dr. James Andrews last month, Bundy resumed throwing at the Orioles' spring training facility in Sarasota. He gradually worked up his arm strength with a throwing progression that went from playing catch off flat ground to regular bullpen side sessions.

Bundy, 22, will enter this season out of minor league options, meaning he must make the major league team out of camp. Because of that -- and also because he's logged just 63 1/3 innings since having Tommy John surgery 29 months ago -- Bundy would likely work as a reliever in spring training, but the Orioles haven't ruled out a future as a starter.

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