Dylan Bundy, Baltimore's top prospect despite undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, says he wants to return to the mound on the anniversary of the procedure.
The hard-throwing righthander told BA contributor Roch Kubatko he's on schedule for a return on June 28.
“I’m throwing without pain for the first time in a year, so that’s always a positive,” Bundy said after participating in Orioles mini-camp in Sarasota. “I’m up to 60 feet now. It feels great. Now it’s just a progression to get out to 200 feet and then get on a mound. I think the plan is hopefully to be on a mound or a half-mound at the end of spring training.”
Bundy, who reached the majors at 19 years old in 2012 before missing all of last season, is not saying he wants to be in the bigs, but hopes to be pitching in simulated games or the Gulf Coast League.
He admits it was tough not being able to go through his normal routine.
"That first month after surgery was hard, seeing everybody playing and I’m just sitting on the couch resting. It was hard. But after I started doing my shoulder exercises and stuff like that, seeing progress helped," he told the newspaper.