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Dylan Bundy has setback while throwing, to be re-evaluated Tuesday

Jun 24, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

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Troubling news concerning one of the top pitching prospects in the game.

According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy had a setback earlier today when he felt discomfort while throwing from a distance of 120 feet. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com hears that he’ll pay visits to team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and Dr. James Andrews in the coming days.

Bundy hasn’t thrown a pitch this season due to an injury to his right flexor mass, an area where the forearm meets the elbow. The 20-year-old was shut down for six weeks after Andrews administered a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection at the end of April, he was able to resume throwing earlier this month. The hope was that he would be able to contribute with the Orioles at some point during the second half, but his timetable is very much up in the air right now.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    hope he is ok!

  2. fukpittsburgh - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Just get him the TJ’s. Sounds like it’s inevitable. Hopefully we’ll see him in 2015.

  3. samu0034 - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    So much for the idea of saving his arm by not allowing him to throw his cutter. I suppose I can see the wisdom of forbidding a young pitcher from relying on his best pitch in an effort to make him improve his secondary offerings, but it seems to me that in this case the Orioles’ plan was more to draft a stud pitcher and then teach him to be something other than what he was. It’s all anecdotal, but it sure seems like the Orioles have a recent history of taking universally regarded stud pitching prospects and turning them into duds. Hopefully that isn’t the case with Bundy, but I’m awfully worried.

    Forgive me if this double posts, I tried posting this comment earlier.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Baltimore certainly has had difficulty developing young pitchers. All they can do is keep trying. Gausman looks good but was probably called up a year too early.

      • Loose Changeup - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        Gausman being called up early saves him from being subject to whatever is happening to the O’s pitching prospects in the minor leagues, though, no?

    • samu0034 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Is the cutter considered to be a high arm load pitch? I checked out Wikipedia, and sure there seems to be a few guys who got injured who throw the pitch a lot (e.g. Dan Haren), but there were also guys who were workhorses for a lot of years (e.g. Halladay, Pettitte, Shields). And hell, it doesn’t seem to have done Mariano Rivera any harm.

      • dowhatifeellike - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        A cutter puts a lot of stress on the elbow in the same way that a slider does. You can modify your delivery to lessen the strain (Rivera is a good example) but then it becomes a tell. You want a guy to have the same delivery no matter what he’s throwing.

  4. southpaw2k - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Not the kind of news I had wanted to see when I woke up this morning.

  5. bgeary8 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Has anyone ever heard of a PRP injection actually working? This is a real question. Maybe Greinke earlier this year. It always seems like a precursor to another setback.

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