McFarland was pulled from Sunday’s game just short of his 40-pitch pitch count after allowing seven of the 10 batters he faced to reach base in the Orioles’ 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park.
McFarland said Monday morning that he felt discomfort after a certain pitch on Sunday.
“I haven’t felt it before, it wasn't like a lingering thing,” McFarland said. “It kind of just happened. We’re hopeful, everybody’s hopeful it’s not anything to serious. So we’ll assess it and go from there.”
McFarland said he believes the injury is more a muscle issue than a ligament issue because he feels it on the extension.
“It’s more on me finishing my pitches, fully extending my elbow,” McFarland said. “It’s not anything to do with the ligament, that’s why [I’m] hopeful.”
McFarland, who has served mostly as a long reliever in his three years with the Orioles since being taken in the Rule 5 draft from the Indians in December 2012, has never been on the disabled list in his time with the Orioles and said he has no history of elbow issues.
“No, never had any elbow issues,” McFarland said. “So, no prior stuff anything like that. That’s why it’s kind of a big question mark right now. I don’t know what’s going on.”
Dylan Bundy has second strong outing
Pitching prospect Dylan Bundy tossed his second strong relief outing of the spring, pitching a perfect seventh inning in Sunday’s loss. He struck out two batters and got a line out.
Since allowing a home run to Brandon Guyer on his first spring training pitch last Wednesday, Bundy has retired six straight batters over his first two spring outings. Not only is Bundy seeing results, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has raved about his velocity getting back to where it was before Tommy John surgery in 2013.
“I felt good,” Bundy said about Sunday’s outing. “No problems with the arm, so I’m always happy about that. No soreness today, so that’s a positive. … I was locating arm-side away to the lefties and I was really happy with the way it was coming out of my hand.”
This is a very important spring training for Bundy. Since he is out of minor league options, the Orioles must find a way to carry him on their 25-man roster. He will work as a bullpen arm.
“I’ve heard around camp that I was going to get used a lot in spring like a major league workload in the pen, so I’m happy about that,” Bundy said. “I like to go out there and throw a lot. I’ve always been a guy who likes to get the ball a lot and throw a lot. The more they put me on the mound, the happier I’ll be, and it will be fun.”
Bundy’s outing on Sunday came exactly four years to the day of his first Grapefruit League outing, which also came at Jet Blue Park against the Boston Red Sox. He threw a scoreless and hitless inning, walking one batter.
Bundy said that physically he’s starting to feel as strong as he did back then.
“It feels kind of like my first year in 2012 where I wasn’t getting any soreness after any kind of [outing], how many pitches I threw, however many innings,” Bundy said. “I wasn’t getting sore. That’s the case for right now. I’m not getting sore, which is good. It means I’m doing the right shoulder work, the right workouts, and right now, it’s the right kind of balance in between everything.”