HOUSTON — Reliever Dylan Bundy suffered his first major league loss Tuesday, capping a stretch in which he allowed seven earned runs in three outings (4 1/3 innings). The former first-round pick said it's counterintuitive to how he feels.
"I feel like my stuff's getting better, but the results keep getting worse," Bundy said. "I've just got to keep working on my command of my fastball and all the other off-speed pitches. The movement of my pitches, my changeup and my curveball, I feel like I'm throwing it more when I want to for a strike, and when I also want to throw it in the dirt for a strikeout or a swing-and-a-miss pitch. Now I've just got to work on my fastball command a little bit more."
Bundy allowed a leadoff triple to Houston Astros left fielder Tony Kemp to open the 13th inning Tuesday on a fastball he said he didn't focus on locating because he didn't expect that kind of damage from Kemp. Bundy intentionally walked the next two batters before the winning run scored on a single by shortstop Carlos Correa.
On Sunday in Anaheim, Bundy allowed four runs in 1 1/3 innings of a 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, and he allowed two runs in a season-high three innings on May 19 against the Seattle Mariners.
"Eventually, it's a long season, you're going to go through a bump in the road or two," Bundy said. "It might be a good thing. I might learn some stuff out of it and get better from here."
Hardy still sore
Manager Buck Showalter said shortstop J.J. Hardy (fractured foot) is structurally sound and could start putting full weight on his foot soon, but added that the Orioles are slowing down his rehabilitation.
Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells "actually told me yesterday that we should not try to get too fast with this," Showalter said. "He comes out of the boot a lot, one to wash his foot I hope, and the other is you do a lot of exercises. He was a little sore, and they weren't sure if it was from the exercises."
"Richie wanted to make sure the soreness was on some of the exercises he was doing instead of trying to bear too much weight. Structurally, he's fine. That thing's just about healed, so [weight bearing] should come shortly."
Around the horn
On Wednesday, second baseman Jonathan Schoop made his second career start batting second in the order, and first since May 23, 2014. … Showalter indicated right-hander Yovani Gallardo (shoulder tendinitis) had no setbacks in his bullpen session Wednesday, keeping him on track for a simulated game Saturday in Cleveland. … Pitching prospect Hunter Harvey played catch for the first time since having sports hernia surgery earlier this month, Showalter said. … Left-hander Brian Duensing struck out two in a scoreless inning in his Triple-A Norfolk debut Wednesday.