Orioles send Dylan Bundy to Dr. James Andrews

Orioles send Dylan Bundy to Dr. James Andrews
April 23, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (49) throws a pitch in the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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BALTIMORE – The Orioles insist they’re not worried about Dylan Bundy. The 20-year-old right-hander with the seemingly unlimited future hasn’t pitched this season, and after his elbow didn’t feel right when tossing a ball on Monday, the Orioles sent him to the noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

The injury is described as a flexor mass strain. 

“He requested a second opinion,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He still doesn’t feel just right.”

Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011, pitched in two games for the Orioles last September after pitching in Delmarva, Frederick and Bowie. He was scheduled to start the minor league season with the Baysox, but he was shut down early this month.

“We hope to find out that [Andrews] feels the same way that our people do who have looked at it,” Showalter said.

“He took his MRI with him. I don’t know if Dr. Andrews will take another one. We’re very supportive of it.”

His most recent MRI found no damage in the elbow, and the Orioles say that they’re not sure what the cause of the injury was. Showalter thought it occurred after he was optioned to Bowie on March 16.

“I’m sure Dylan would have an answer. We talked to him about it. I don’t think there’s something definitive on it and it depends on who you asked and who you talk to. We’re more interested in getting it resolved right now,” Showalter said.

“You always look at something like that and say, OK, was there something that did cause it to make sure it doesn’t happen again?”