Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy is scheduled to pitch in Arizona Fall League games as soon as next week, marking his first game innings in more than five months since being shelved with a right shoulder injury in May.
Bundy is currently throwing bullpen sessions at the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. He has completed a long-toss throwing progression to return to the mound and has now thrown all of his pitches in his side sessions.
The club wanted to see how Bundy progressed in Sarasota before considering whether he would pitch in the fall league. But Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Wednesday night that Bundy is working toward pitching in Arizona next week.
If Bundy does join the Orioles' fall league affiliate, the Peoria Javelinas, he would do so with four weeks remaining in the AFL schedule.
Considering the fact that Bundy hasn't pitched in a game since May 21, he would likely be under a strict innings limit, but the Orioles have decided that it would be better for the right-hander to log innings before reporting for spring training in February.
Bundy, 22, pitched in just eight games in 2015 -- he was 0-3 with a 3.68 ERA at Double-A Bowie -- before being sidelined with tightness in his throwing shoulder. He was later diagnosed by Dr. James Andrews with a calcification buildup in his throwing shoulder.
Bundy resumed throwing early this month.
Bundy has pitched in just 17 games since undergoing an elbow ligament reconstruction procedure (Tommy John surgery) that wiped out his 2013 season.
He will be out of minor league options this spring, so the Orioles must carry him on the major league roster out of camp.
In other news, Orioles pitching development director Rick Peterson will serve as pitching coach for USA Baseball's entry into the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier 12 Tournament.
The 10-team tournament, which will be played Nov. 9-21 in Taiwan and Japan, includes only players who are not on major league 40-man rosters. Veteran left-hander Dana Eveland, who pitched briefly for the Orioles in 2012 and finished last season with Triple-A Norfolk, is on the U.S. team, as is right-hander Aaron Laffey, a Cumberland native.