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Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy needs Tommy John surgery

Jun 26, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

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Dylan Bundy, who came into this season as the consensus top pitching prospect in baseball and hasn’t thrown a pitch since being shut down with elbow soreness in spring training, will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow.

Bundy attempted to rehab the injury, but experienced a setback and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that doctors discovered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament that had gotten worse. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery and Bundy will miss the remainder of this season and most of next season.

Bundy was the No. 4 pick in the 2011 draft out of high school and blitzed through the Orioles’ farm system before making his MLB debut in September as a 19-year-old. Baseball America and MLB.com both ranked him as the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball, but now he may not see the majors again until 2015.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    This sucks.

    Countdown to “scouts/bloggers” (cough, cough) blaming high school coach for DB’s injury.

    • paperlions - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      To late for a count down. It was already noted yesterday that Bundy once threw 181 pitches one day and 293 over four days.

      Others also noted that the Orioles were trying to speed up his delivery to help prevent SBs, and theorized that a change in mechanics could have contributed if the change in pace resulted in his arm being late (requiring more torque on the elbow to catch up), which is a mechanical issue commonly associated with torn UCLs.

      …but most just realize that pitchers break, no matter what you do.

  2. number42is1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    it worked out well for Strass… so hopefully Bundy can recover as well… its too bad tho.. the O’s really could have used him these next could of seasons.

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      So long as Mike Rizzo does not become the next O’s GM by 2015 he should be good to go.

    • thebadguyswon - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Stras is FAR from a sure thing. I’d be willing to wager he will break down again in the next two years, despite Mike Rizzo’s “genuis” move last year.

      • number42is1 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        You may be right but up to this point Strass has been just fine since his TJS.

  3. annapterp - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    As long as the surgery goes well, this will only delay his arrival to the big leagues by about a year. He’s only 20 so he should be able to bounce back.

  4. alexo0 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    The O’s should have been more careful with him…

    • psuorioles - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      How so?

    • dowhatifeellike - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      They were incredibly careful with him. Shit happens.

    • alexo0 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      I continually overestimate one’s ability to pick up sarcasm, even when stating something blatantly false. My apologies.

    • lncrprl - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      In what way?…..Just how careful should they have been? The fact is, that shit happens no matter how CAREFUL you are!!!!!!

      • alexo0 - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Wish you would read more carefully…

  5. historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Crud.

  6. Detroit Michael - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    That’s too bad. Bundy is also likely to run out of option years in a hurry, which might be relevant considering how much injury rehab and development time is realistically needed before he is in the majors for good.

    Good luck, Dylan.

    • ezthinking - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      They’ll get a fourth option year since he’s on the DL. So given what TJ surgery usually takes, they’ll be in the same boat as this year next year, one option year left, i.e. 2015 instead of 2014.

  7. tuberippin - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    “Baseball America and MLB.com both ranked him as the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball, but now he may not see the majors again until 2015.”

    He hasn’t seen the majors at all yet.

    • storebrandcookies - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Well, he did pitch an inning and a third last year and walked a batter… Has to count for something.

      • storebrandcookies - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        An inning and two-thirds rather

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      He pitched 1 2/3 innings last season.

      • tuberippin - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Ah. You are correct. I completely forgot about that short stint.

  8. buffalo65 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Read carefully. Bundy made his debut in September.

  9. tablescrappy - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Obviously terrible news, but one thing we can glean from this is it’s now safe to say that a “platelet-rich plasma injection” is the new step between injury and surgery.

  10. rockthered1286 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Good things the O’s are deep with pitching prospects like Gausman and… and… crap. It says something that your first round pick in Hunter Harvey is the teams #2 pitching prospect, a kid fresh out of high school. Yikes…

  11. genericcommenter - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Matt Riley was pretty awesome for O’s minors when he was 19, pre-Tommy John.

  12. Dan Camponovo - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    It’s a shame, because Bundy’s regarded as having some of the cleanest mechanics in the minors, a lot of people were saying that his form would help him avoid injuries down the line. And hey, it still might, as he gets older and stronger, but it’s just such a shame to have to basically sit for a year in the prime of your development.

  13. ppdoc13 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    This has become as common as an acl reconstruction in football. In the long run the guys can comeback stronger. And this kid is a workout warrior. The hardest thing will be to force him to take the time and really heal

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