SARASOTA, Fla. – Dylan Bundy has done a lot more talking than throwing over the past few years. He’s looking to change that.
Bundy, who hasn’t pitched in the majors leagues since two appearances out of the bullpen in September 2012, has thrown just 63 1/3 innings following his Tommy John surgery in June 2013.
He’s been throwing at home in Oklahoma.
“I’m up to about 150 feet. I’ll throw a bullpen in the next week probably. Flat mound maybe this week. So far so good. I’ve still got a month until spring training. I’m excited going into it for sure,” Bundy said.
“I might get on a flat mound Wednesday, just flat ground basically, 15 fastballs real easy. Then next week I’ll probably get on a mound.”
Bundy didn’t pitch after May last year with a forearm injury, and in the Arizona Fall League suffered some forearm tightness which shut him down.
“The forearm wasn’t a big deal, even in Arizona. We were just being cautious with it.”
Because Bundy hasn’t thrown many innings recently, he’ll have to pitch out of the bullpen if he makes the Orioles. If he’s healthy, he’ll be with the team because he doesn’t have any options remaining.
“The past couple years I haven’t thrown many innings, so I can’t really be a 200 innings starter. So yeah, being in the bullpen anywhere in the big leagues, I’ll take any position and I’ll be fine,” Bundy said.
He’s not sure what his innings limit will be.
“I know it’s not a starter number of innings. I’m sure it’s anywhere from 40 to 70, something like that. That’s their thing, not mine,” Bundy said.
Even though he’ll have to be in the bullpen, Bundy remains determined to be a starter. That’s what the Orioles hoped for when they drafted him with the fourth overall pick in 2011.
“Yeah, that’s my goal. Just kind of depends what happens the next year and the next two or three years,” Bundy said.