Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy says his recovery is on track

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dylan Bundy’s recovery from Tommy John surgery is going well.

He will throw from 150 feet today as part of his throwing progression. He’s been throwing from that distance for a week now, but today he will add 15 to 20 throws from 90 feet for the first time.

Asked if his rehab is going as well as he hoped, Bundy said, “it feels good.”

“I don’t know what is not as good as you hope, but it’s going good,” Bundy said. “It feels good to throw. It doesn’t hurt, so I guess it’s good.  I don’t know what is not as good as you hope, but it’s going good. It feels good to throw. It doesn’t hurt, so I guess it’s good.”

Bundy will throw from 150 feet one or two more times before extending his progression to 180 feet. That could happen as soon as Thursday.  

Bundy, who has been throwing at 75 percent, said it’s been difficult holding himself back.

“I want to throw harder but I know I’m not supposed to,” he said. “They say right now, it’s a touchy stage because people start feeling good about their arm and they can throw harder but if I just keep it at 75 percent, I should be fine.”

Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz -- who agreed to a one-year, $8-million deal on Saturday – is expected to take his physical either today or early tomorrow.

Over the past week, the Orioles have added two top free-agent acquisitions – Cruz and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez – as well as South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, increasing the club payroll to about $105 million and making an investment of $63.575 million.

“Ubaldo and Cruz, that’s two really good players to add right before spring training,” Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said. “Someone to back up CD, maybe get CD more pitches. “

Right-hander Chris Tillman agreed that the recent additions will help the lineup.

“Awesome,” Tillman said. “We knew what we had last year. It was still one of the best offenses in baseball and it’s only gotten better. … Our defense is just as good, too, which I think is more important for a pitcher.”

Also today, the Orioles are having their annual spring players union meeting before the workout.

New MLBPA union chief Tony Clark is here, as well as Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. Several former Orioles are also here to represent the union, including Jeffrey Hammonds, Bobby Bonilla, Phil Bradley and Rick Helling.

In  fact, Bonilla and Hammonds spend some time catching up with Orioles spring instructor B.J. Surhoff. It was like a mini-reunion of the 1996 Orioles.

Players were given their licensing checks  today, which are issued annually to players and vary on service time during the year. The checks compensate players for using their likenesses on items like baseball cards and video games.


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