In four weeks, the Orioles will take Dylan Bundy’s temperature. Bundy and Hunter Harvey are scheduled to throw at next month’s minicamp in Sarasota.
Bundy has thrown just 63 1/3 innings since his June 2013 Tommy John surgery, and was limited to 22 this year in Bowie—none after May because of a sore right shoulder.
Harvey hasn’t pitched competitively since July 2014 because of a strained right flexor mass and broken shin.
After an assessment of Harvey is made in minicamp, the team will decide whether to invite him to major league camp.
As for Bundy, he was shut down in the Arizona Fall League after throwing an inning in two appearances.
“I feel great. Arm’s healthy. I’m really excited about going into 2016 spring training. I’m just going to get in shape. I just started my workouts, and I’ll started throwing next week,” Bundy said at Saturday’s FanFest.
Bundy’s right forearm caused the shutdown. Both the Orioles and Bundy downplayed its severity.
“When you’re first starting to throw again, you’re going to get sore in places. You’ve got to get used to it. I was kind of cautious about it. They told the trainers, and they took care of it,” Bundy said.
Bundy felt strong in breezing through his first scoreless inning, and then in the second one, felt some tightness.
“Come on, give me a break. All I want to do is pitch,” Bundy said after the setback.
“You can’t really work on stuff unless you’re out there pitching.”
Because he’s out of options, Bundy will be on the Orioles’ 25-man opening day roster, as long as he’s healthy, but he doesn’t want to assume that spot.
“I know all the option stuff, and I’m going to make the team, and all that, but I’m going to go into camp just like I have the past four years, trying to make the team,” Bundy said.
Bundy hasn’t pitched in the majors since Sept. 2012.
“It feels like 3 ½, four years, but it really feels longer,” Bundy said. “I can’t really help injuries. You have to stay confident, and hopefully you’ll be fine in the long run.”
NOTE: L.J. Hoes will host his fourth annual Toy Drive on Saturday at Dave & Buster’s in the Arundel Mills Mall. The event, held from 4 to 6 p.m. will benefit St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families in Hyattsville, Md. Guests are encouraged to donate a toy or make a donation of at least $10.