Buck Showalter raves about Dylan Bundy's latest rehab start in Aberdeen

NEW YORK — One of the first things Orioles manager Buck Showalter said to reporters during his pregame news conference Sunday afternoon was about right-hander Dylan Bundy's outing for short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Saturday.

"Bundy was good last night, huh?" Showalter said.


Indeed he was.

Bundy, 21, allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out nine in five scoreless innings against Brooklyn. Recovering from elbow ligament surgery last June, he has now allowed one run while walking one and striking out 15 batters in 10 innings in his first two rehab starts for the IronBirds.


"I love the command. That's a good indicator," Showalter said. "Usually if your arm is bothering you, your command is off. That's usually the first thing when you see a guy's command is off."

The original plan, designed by minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker, was for Bundy to pitch at least three games at Aberdeen before moving on. Showalter said he doesn't believe that has changed despite Bundy's dominance.

Showalter said he knows when Bundy should be promoted to each level, barring problems, but he's not making it public.

"Dave Walker really set this up from Day 1, and we're following his lead," Showalter said. "I'm not going to give it [up], and all the sudden it doesn't fall right on that pattern, and it looks like it's a setback or whatever. I've seen in a perfect world how Dave has it all the way through. I know where it fits if he stays in line."

So Showalter's not pushing for the organization's top prospect to join his rotation soon?

"We've been thinking about going to seven starters," joked Showalter, who has been using a six-man rotation recently. "I'm kidding. I didn't say it."

Showalter cheered on Old-Timers' Day

As part of the annual Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium, Showalter was announced to the crowd during the festivities and received a loud and long ovation. He tipped his Orioles cap and embraced Gene Michael, the former Yankees player and general manager.

Showalter was a longtime player and coach in the Yankees farm system and later managed the major league club from 1992 to 1995.

"It's an honor to be asked," Showalter said. "It's humbling to look at the people out on that field, and it's sad to [not] see some that aren't there that had been in the past."

Showalter quickly made it known that his allegiance is to the Orioles, joking that he didn't want to sit behind the Yankees' logo during his pregame news conference, but he was glad the Orioles' backdrop was hanging behind him.

"It means a lot for me to be part of the Baltimore Orioles," he said. "I'm glad we got the right backdrop here. I saw the N.Y. [insignia] in front. I keep trying to slide over."


Veteran Wolf signed to minor league deal

The Orioles signed left-hander Randy Wolf on Sunday to a minor league contract and sent him to Triple-A Norfolk, where he likely will work in the rotation.

Wolf, 37, pitched five games and made two starts for the Orioles in 2012 before tearing a ligament in his elbow.

Wolf sat out all of last season after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery, but he made a comeback this year, going 1-3 with a 5.26 ERA in six games (four starts) with the Miami Marlins. He was designated for assignment Monday by the Marlins and granted free agency Wednesday.

Wolf, who was also with the Seattle Mariners' and Arizona Diamondbacks' organizations in 2014, is 133-120 with a 4.21 ERA in a 15-season career.

Around the horn

Right-hander Edgmer Escalona was taken off the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. … Right-hander Josh Stinson, who cleared waivers Saturday, has accepted his assignment to Norfolk. … Rule 5 infielder Michael Almanzar (knee) was moved up to High-A Frederick from the Gulf Coast League as part of his ongoing injury rehab assignment. … The Yankees held their annual Old-Timers' Day game, and retired outfielders Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon played for the first time. … The Yankees also revealed a Monument Park plaque for former reliever Goose Gossage. … Right-hander Mychal Givens, the club's 2009 second-round pick who was converted from infielder to pitcher last year, was promoted to Double-A Bowie from High-A Frederick on Sunday. He had a 3.24 ERA in 18 relief appearances for the Keys.


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