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Showalter: Bundy can go from Bowie to Orioles

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Showalter: Bundy can go from Bowie to Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Dylan Bundy starts on Thursday night for Bowie in Trenton, N.J. Bundy will be looking for his first win with the Baysox as the second anniversary of his Tommy John surgery nears.

Bundy is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts. He’s struck out 20 in 19 innings while walking five.

In 2012, Bundy moved quickly from Delmarva to Frederick, and then on to Bowie before pitching in two September games for the Orioles.

He didn’t pitch at all in 2013, and last season pitched nine times for Aberdeen and Frederick.

One thing the 22-year-old, who was the Orioles first pick in the 2011 draft, hasn’t yet done is pitch in Triple A.

Manager Buck Showalter says that’s not a necessary stop on his way back to the majors. In 2016, Bundy will be out of options.

“Not mandatory. Obviously, and we all know this, contractually he has to be on our major league club next year,” Showalter said. “Would you like to see him? First of all, he’s got to do well enough there. No, he doesn’t have to pitch at Triple-A for us to feel good about him. It’s a process for him, little by little. I think June, middle of June we’ll get an idea of what we’ve got.”

Bundy’s innings have been strictly limited, and he’ll soon start pitching five in a start.

“They’ve got a target going by a lot of homework and history with Tommy John and the whole nine yards. I hope that we’re talking about whether we want to call him up in September,” Showalter said.

The Orioles haven’t decided whether he’ll fit better as a starter or reliever.

“Not at this point. I don’t think that’s important at this point. I wouldn’t want to get the cart in front of the horse at this point. Let’s get through this next outing. See where we are. It’s a process,” Showalter said. “I’m hoping in September we bring people up here that can try and get us in the playoffs.”

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Alex Cobb won't be ready for Opening Day, Mark Trumbo lands on 60-day DL

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Alex Cobb won't be ready for Opening Day, Mark Trumbo lands on 60-day DL

This is not a drill. We are just about 48 hours away from Opening Day.

Here's the latest Orioles news and notes. 

Player Notes: 

Dwight Smith Jr. went three-for-three with a pair of solo home runs against the New York Mets Monday. Since being picked up from the Blue Jays March 8, Smith Jr. is 12-for 28 with five homers. 

Against the Mets Monday, pitcher Dylan Bundy gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings lowering his spring ERA from 7.94 to 7.89.

Alex Cobb will not be ready for Opening Day. The Orioles have placed what would have been their Opening Day starter on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain. The injury is considered minor. 

The Orioles purchased the contract of catcher Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Norfolk. 

Injuries: 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day DL

SP Alex Cobb: Groin, 10-day DL

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, sidelined 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, 10-day DL

Coming Up:

Thursday 3/28: Orioles vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium

Saturday 3/30: Orioles vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium

Sunday 3/31: Orioles vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just six days away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Despite not having a great spring, pitcher David Hess has a "good chance" of making Baltimore's Opening Day roster, manager Brandon Hyde told reporters Thursday. Hess is likely to slot in as one of the Orioles' five starting pitchers. In six Grapefruit League appearances (four starts), he has an 0-2 record and 7.50 ERA. 

The Orioles made another round of cuts Thursday, reassigning utility man Jake Reinheimer and RHP Josh Lucas to minor league camp. Reinheimer put up an impressive 407/.429/.593 in 20 games this spring, but was never really in consideration for an Opening Day roster spot. 

Pitcher Josh Rogers tweaked his back after catching his spike in the mound during the Orioles' 7-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates Thursday and was removed as a precaution. With Opening Day less than a week away, Rogers probably won't make another Spring Training appearance. Meanwhile, Miguel Castro continued his strong spring, tossing a scoreless inning against Pittsburgh. In Grapefruit League play, Castro has an 11/2 K/BB ratio. 

Right fielder Joey Rickard had a stellar day at the place against the Pirates, doubling twice to raise his Grapefruit League batting average to .395. On the flip side, first baseman Chris Davis struck out three times against Pittsburgh, and is now batting just .148 this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Sunday 3/24: Orioles @ Phillies, 1:05 p.m., Spectrum Field

Source: Rotoworld

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