Much has gone right for the Orioles the past two seasons, but one thing that apparently hasn’t changed is the organization’s hard luck with top pitching prospects, as news broke today that righthander Dylan Bundy will require Tommy John surgery on his ailing right elbow.
Orioles correspondent Roch Kubatko reports that Bundy elected to have the surgery following a consultation today with Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. The 20-year-old Bundy, who hasn’t pitched at all this season and who on Monday suffered a setback on his recovery from elbow soreness, will have the procedure performed Thursday.
The No. 2 prospect in the game entering the season, Bundy began the season on the shelf after coming down with a sore elbow in spring training. An initial MRI revealed no damage, so he received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection from Andrews on April 29 and rested for six weeks. Bundy recovered enough to begin throwing at Baltimore’s spring-training complex in Sarasota, Fla., but the soreness returned on Monday when he threw from 120 feet, and a second MRI revealed a small tear in the elbow.
The fourth pick in the 2011 draft from Owasso (Okla.) High, Bundy joins a list of top-five overall Baltimore pitcher picks to be sidetracked on their way to the majors.
Righthander Matt Hobgood, the fifth pick in the 2009 draft and first high school pitcher selected that year, had shoulder surgery that wiped out his 2012 season, and he hasn’t advanced past low Class A in five pro seasons. The first pitcher selected in the 2008 draft, lefty Brian Matusz, zoomed to the majors the following season, but he ran up a 5.51 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and home run rate of 1.4 per nine innings in 68 career starts for the Orioles. He has subsequently salvaged a career as a set-up reliever for Baltimore, but so much more was expected from Matusz, the fourth overall pick and top pitcher available in his draft.