Despite clean MRI, continued discomfort troubling prized righty prospect
BALTIMORE -- Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will see noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., for a second opinion on Monday after trying to throw off flat ground earlier this week and still not feeling quite right.
Bundy, whose injury is being described as "flexor mass tightness," previously had an MRI on his right elbow that checked out OK, and he will see team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens again on Thursday before visiting Andrews. The team is optimistic it's more of an issue with his right forearm given the previous MRI, although Andrews -- whose appointment with Bundy was originally reported to be Tuesday -- may order a second test.
"He still feels some discomfort there," Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who got his dates crossed up in his earlier update, said of Bundy, who tried to throw from 90 feet at the team's spring facility in Sarasota. "He took his MRI and everything with him, I'm sure. I don't know if Dr. Andrews will take another one or not. But we're very supportive of it.
"He wanted to get a second opinion just to be sure, because he hoped it would be resolved quicker than this."
The 20-year-old Bundy has not thrown off a regular mound since March and last saw Wilckens on April 2. While he didn't have a particularly impressive spring, the injury first came to light after he was optioned from Major League camp on March 17.
"I don't think there's something definitive on [what caused the injury], the way I understand it," Showalter said. "We are more interested in getting it resolved right now.
"They took the MRI, and the elbow looked good on the MRI. That's why maybe I don't at this point feel anything differently yet. I haven't had anything told [to] me that's different."
The fourth overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Bundy is rated as the No. 2 prospect in baseball by MLB.com. In 2012, he went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 combined starts between the Class A and Double-A levels before making his highly anticipated big league debut in September. He turned in two scoreless relief appearances in the final week of the regular season.