Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, the No. 4 overall pick during the 2011 MLB Draft, is back on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and likely won't pitch again this season. It marks the third straight season the right-hander has landed on the DL.
In 2013, Bundy never threw a pitch during a live game before having season-ending Tommy John surgery June 27. Bundy started just nine games in 2014 while playing for High-A Frederick and short-season Aberdeen. This season, Bundy was working his way back, pitching to a 3.68 ERA with Double-A Bowie before his most recent setback.
Bundy spoke with Morgan Adsit about his struggles with injuries and his hopes of returning to the Orioles for the first time since 2012.
Morgan Adsit: It seemed like all is well. You were pitching well in Double-A Bowie with a limited pitch count, and now, another injury has landed you on the DL. Is this beyond frustrating?
Dylan Bundy: Yes, it is to say the least. Coming to Double-A, it's a great place. I was happy to be coming here and pitching. And now, my shoulder injury, it's frustrating. It's been non-stop. Once I get one thing fixed, then I have to get another thing fixed. But I just have to take it slow and take my time to eventually get back.
MA: Knowing that, it can't be easy to handle?
DB: My dad told me when I was real young, that if I stay healthy, I'm going to pitch for a long time. I thought that was a pretty ignorant statement at the time. I was like, 'I'm never going to get hurt.' I was 18, in high school and thought my arm would always be perfectly fine.
Two years later, something like that happens. I have Tommy John surgery after my major league debut. I'm finally over that, pitching well here in Bowie, and now it's my shoulder. It's just one thing after another, but you just have to take your time and be thankful.
MA: Do you know of, or have you been told, that these injuries can be contributed to work back in high school or even before, whether it's a workout or being overworked in games?
DB: I'm sure all that has played into it somewhat growing up. But I try not to think about all that -- that this caused this [and] that caused that. It's something I can't really control at this point, so I just have to rehab, take care of my body and wait to get back to work.
MA: How have the Orioles been during all this?
DB: They've been great. But I've had to be patient and learn and know that the Orioles are trying to protect my arm, and not just limiting my innings these last two seasons. Understanding that is comforting. I wish I was there now with them, but it's not going to happen right now. So you just have to take your time, and pitch your best wherever you are, and take it one day at a time.
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