SARASOTA, Fla. – Buck Showalter knows that dealing with the Dylan Bundy issue this season won’t be easy. Bundy has to be carried by the Orioles because he’s out of options.
Because he’s hardly pitched since Tommy John surgery in 2013, Bundy doesn’t have enough innings to start. He’ll have to be in the bullpen—at least for now.
“If he can show us his health is behind him, the bad health, you’d like to figure out a way to get him back into a starting pitcher mode. That situation is not going to present itself initially, but who knows?” Showalter said on Friday.
“You can’t start a guy that’s only going to throw 70 innings on a year.”
Bundy is scheduled to throw on Saturday.
“I do know that where he’s concerned, the physical part of it is there. If he has a hiccup, he’s been down every street you need to be to be healthy, and we’re going to let him go this spring,” Showalter said.
Even if he is going to be restricted to no more than 70 innings this season, Showalter says his plan is for him to work multiple innings in the spring.
“We will figure out ways for him to get him innings,” Showalter said.
“It’s some uncharted territory. I’ll tell you, it’s like a Rule 5 guy. You take him, they’re going to pitch. He goes north, he’s pitching, and the other team is going to tell us whether he’s very good or not. The toughest thing for us will be if he’s healthy and not effective. It’s not good.”
Showalter badly wants Bundy, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft to succeed.
“He deserves some good things to happen to him,” Showalter said.
NOTE: Fourteen pitchers threw bullpen sessions in the first day of workouts on Friday. The only scheduled to work who didn’t was Todd Redmond, who was excused for a family matter.