Recovering Bundy to be limited to 75 pitches this season

Recovering Bundy to be limited to 75 pitches this season
July 8, 2014, 6:45 pm

WASHINGTON – Dylan Bundy will throw his second rehab game for Frederick on Thursday when the Keys play at Salem.

Bundy will be limited to 75 pitches, as he will be all season no matter where he throws, says manager Buck Showalter.

“That’s something we are probably not going to waver from. We probably could if we had to. I’m kind of cautious when people bring up Bundy as an option at some point. First he’s got to figure out the Carolina League little bit. But right now the plan is to limit him to 75 max all year,” Showalter said.

The 21-year-old right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2013, threw three games for Aberdeen before being promoted to Frederick.

“As I said before, as much as we love his progress and everything, your end game is next year. But he could help us [in 2014]. I’m not going to rule that out,” Showalter said.

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Showalter said that the pitch limit does not preclude Bundy from starting for the Orioles later this season.

“He’s pitching. He is back a little earlier than he was supposed to and he is pitching competitively and professionally and moving right along. So I don’t get into that ahead and behind schedule, he is right where he is supposed to be,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Bud Norris was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and pitcher Julio DePaula, whose contract was purchased from Bowie on Monday, was designated for assignment.

-Four members of the Bowie Baysox, pitchers Tim Berry and Oliver Drake, first baseman Christian Walker and outfielder Dariel Alvarez, have been named to the Eastern League All-Star team. The game will be played on July 16 in Altoona, Pa.

-Steve Johnson will throw two innings for Aberdeen on Wednesday. He’s been hampered by shoulder tendinitis.