Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy went on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a left ankle sprain suffered Saturday rounding third base in Atlanta, forcing the Orioles to dip into their minor league pitching depth for Thursday's fill-in starter and likely keeping Bundy out until July 6.
"He went out and threw on flat ground, and he's still got some [soreness]," manager Buck Showalter said. "Anybody that's ever turned an ankle — he still got some back and blue down there underneath. It's getting there. It's the landing foot. He rolled it coming around third base in Atlanta in this stuff called interleague games."
Because the Orioles recalled left-handed reliever Donnie Hart, who was optioned Monday to create a roster spot for the returning Tim Beckham, they couldn't back-date Bundy's DL placement to get him back sooner.
Back-dating Bundy’s DL stint would have made him available to return July 4 in Philadelphia, but it wasn't certain he'd be ready to pitch by then.
"When I saw that was a Philadelphia, National League game that he'd have to hit in, that was a pretty easy decision,” Showalter said. “It's unfortunate that you have to take that into consideration. It seems like every year we get some all-out shrapnel from something in a National League game. I was hoping we'd get through it this year."
To plan for Thursday, the Orioles held right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis out of his start for Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. Yacabonis told The Virginian-Pilot that he was leaving for Baltimore before the Tides’ game on Tuesday. Showalter said the starter for Thursday would either come from the major league bullpen — Mike Wright Jr. or Miguel Castro — or Norfolk, eliminating Keegan Akin from the conversation. Only Yacabonis and Yefry Ramírez are on the 40-man roster out of Norfolk's starters.
"We've got to get through tonight's game and tomorrow's game," Showalter said. "We had to use a lot of people in the ’pen, some not self-inflicted. So I want to make sure that we are able to physically keep people out of harm's way and get through these games and compete in these games, and then we'll see what's standing when we get through Thursday."