BALTIMORE – Miguel Gonzalez knows how Dylan Bundy feels. Four years ago, Gonzalez underwent Tommy John surgery when he was with the Boston Red Sox organization.
“It’s a tough surgery, but it’s not impossible to come back with it. He’s going to do fine. He’s a hard worker,” Gonzalez said.
“You just have to do it every day, you’ve got to go out there and try and do whatever you need to do that day, get it over with it, and hopefully within seven to 12 months, he’s going to be ready to throw bullpens.”
Gonzalez’s surgery was performed by the late Dr. Lewis Yocum, who died in May.
There are countless success stories like Gonzalez’s, but there were times during his rehabilitation when he questioned whether he could come back.
“There’s times when you think about it twice, whether you’re going to be able to come back or not. Tommy Johns have been successful. It helped me out in my career. My velocity went up. I’m more consistent now. I think it will be a positive thing for him,” Gonzalez said.
At 25, Gonzalez was five years older than Bundy is now.
“He’s young. I wish him the best. I think he’s going to do fine,” Gonzalez said.