Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy 'won't be throwing for a little while'
By Ryan Baillargeon
The Baltimore Sun|
Jun 29, 2015 | 5:39 PM
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter talks about pitching prospect Dylan Bundy being shut down for the near future after Dr. James Andrews' evaluation. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Dylan Bundy, Baseball America's top Orioles prospect the past two seasons and the former fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, has been shut down because of shoulder inflammation, manager Buck Showalter said.
"He won't be throwing for a little while," Showalter said. "We will see how long that is."
The right-hander had Tommy John elbow surgery in 2013 and missed the entire season before returning to make nine starts between low-A and high-A in 2014. Bundy has started eight games at Double-A Bowie this year, but hasn't pitched since throwing four innings — his most in an outing in 2015 — on May 21.
Bundy, who will be out of minor-league options next season, said surgery was not an option. He said it was unlikely he'd pitch again this year, but "there's always a hope."
He'll head to Sarasota, Fla., to continue treatment and remain there through rehabilitation.
"Depending on how you look at it, it's about as good of news as we could expect," Showalter said.
-- Showalter announced right-hander Kevin Gausman will likely come up for Thursday's start before being sent back down to Triple-A Norfolk. Showalter added that things could change, but he doesn't see how they could keep him on the 25-man roster the way things are now.
-- Jonathan Schoop worked out with the Orioles again before Monday's game against the Texas Rangers, but he hasn't been activated. Schoop will watch the game with the team tonight and then said he will likely head to Norfolk to continue his rehabilitation assignment.
Showalter said Schoop could also be sent to Frederick. Schoop's minor-league assignment runs through July 3, and at that time, the Orioles could either activate him or option him.
-- Right-hander Matt Hobgood, the Orioles' fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, will have shoulder surgery on July 6. He will miss the remainder of the season.