Duquette: Orioles tried conservative approach with Bundy

Duquette: Orioles tried conservative approach with Bundy
June 26, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Dan Duquette on Bundy: He'll come back

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 – Dan Duquette said the Orioles tried the conservative route with Dylan Bundy. It didn’t work, so now the more radical move of Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

The team’s executive vice president of baseball operations said that after Bundy, who was initially shut down early in April, twice unsuccessfully tried lengthy periods of rest and a Platelet Rich Plasma injection, surgery was scheduled.

Bundy saw Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Tuesday, and Dr. James Andrews earlier Wednesday. The surgery is Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Initially, Bundy’s injury was described as in the forearm.

“When you have strain on the flexor mass, that’s an indication that the elbow’s not capable of handling the work load, the stress of pitching,” Duquette said.

“He gave it a significant rest, and the elbow didn’t respond to the rest, and then he went and the PRP injection, and then he also gave it a another significant amount of time to rest and recuperate. Having given it two times rest and having treated it conservatively, that was an indication that something else needs to be done to allow him to be a capable pitcher.”

Duquette is confident that Bundy’s surgery will be a success.

“At 20 years old, he should be able to come back and effectively pitch,” Duquette said.

“I always think it’s best to try the conservative approach, rest and recuperation because the intervention takes a longer time. In Dylan’s case, he gave it two chances to rest and recover, and in Dylan’s case, he’s also very young and he has time to come back and pitch effectively.”

Bundy should be able to pitch again in about a year.

“Dylan’s a hard worker. He’s very stubborn; he has some good qualities and the rehab is a challenge because you have to go through different progressions and stages,” Duquette said.

He's sure Bundy will do well in his rehabilitation.

"It’s unfortunate for Dylan that he had the injury and he’s going to miss time for his career. Fortunately for the Orioles we have other pitchers and we have some pitching depth. It’s the right thing to do at this time. We have other alternatives," Duquette said.