SARASOTA, Fla. – For a few moments, the Orioles future threw together. Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey were the featured attractions of the third and final day of the team’s minicamp.
Manager Buck Showalter wasn’t on hand. He was back in Baltimore at a speaking engagement. Pitching coach Dave Wallace ran the camp.
Bundy threw 15 pitches off the half-mound and Harvey went off the full mound.
After Bundy walked away, Harvey’s father, former All-Star reliever Bryan Harvey, offered some encouraging words.
Bundy, who estimated he wasn’t even throwing at 70 percent was happy.
“It felt fine. I’ve just got to work on mechanics now and repeat my delivery. That’s kind of what I’m focusing on now in the offseason,” Bundy said.
Bundy will throw off a mound near his Oklahoma home between now and the beginning of spring training on Feb. 18.
After Bundy was shut down in the Arizona Fall League, he hopes he’ll be able to forget about what’s ailed him in the pat.
“I’m kind of ready to be over all the injuries and stuff like that and come to spring training healthy and ready to compete for a spot. That’s the main goal,” Bundy said.
Bundy and Harvey’s progress pleases Wallace.
“It’s great to know that they’re on schedule, they’re part of the group. They’re, for lack of another term, normalized. It is nice,” Wallace aid.
“You’re happy for them. That’s what you are. It’s nice on our end to see them, but still, there’s a long way to go. We’ve got to go through spring training, we’ve got to go through all that stuff, but it certainly is refreshing to know that they’re on the mound Jan. 13 and they’re throwing the baseball and they’re right on track to be a part of spring training on Day 1. So, that’s nice. That’s refreshing.”
Bundy didn’t pitch competitively after May due to tendinitis in his shoulder and was shut down in the Arizona Fall League in November. Harvey hasn’t thrown in a game that counted since July 2014. He was shut down in the Instructional League with a strain in his flexor mass.
Four other pitchers, minor leaguers Joe Gunkel, David Hess and Tanner Scott and left-handed reliever C.J. Riefenhauser all threw.
NOTE: The eight Orioles eligible for arbitration filed for it on Tuesday. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, Ryan Flaherty, Miguel Gonzalez, Manny Machado, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Mark Trumbo all filed. Figures will be exchanged on Friday, and if there’s no settlement, hearings will begin early next month.