Good News For Orioles’ Injured Duo

BALTIMORE—The Orioles received a double dose of good news regarding righthanders Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey at their annual three-day minicamp in Sarasota, Fla.

Harvey threw his fifth bullpen session and reported no discomfort in his elbow. Bundy had been playing long toss from 150 feet before throwing 15 fastballs off a half-mound at the minicamp.

The Orioles shut down Bundy at Double-A Bowie in late May with calcification behind his right shoulder, and again in the Arizona Fall League with tightness in his right forearm.

Harvey didn’t pitch in 2015 and was shut down during instructional league with a strained right flexor mass.

Both first-round picks—Bundy in 2011, Harvey in 2013—are confident that they’re now healthy and won’t need surgery.

“It’s great to know that they’re on schedule, they’re part of the group,” big league pitching coach Dave Wallace said “They’re, for lack of another term, normalized. It is nice . . .

“But still, there’s a long way to go.”

Bundy is out of minor league options and projects to be part of the big league bullpen in 2016. He made two relief appearances in 2012 before having Tommy John surgery on his elbow the following year.

“So far, so good,” Bundy said. “I’ve still got a month until spring training. I’m excited going into it, for sure. The forearm wasn’t a big deal, even in (the AFL). We were just being cautious.”

Harvey suffered a fractured fibula last spring after being hit by a comebacker in Fort Myers, Fla., setting the tone for a lost season. He said his elbow is 100 percent.

“When I came back for instructs and (my elbow) started hurting again, (surgery) was in my mind,” Harvey said. “I was kind of worried, but when I went back down there and saw Dr. (James) Andrews, he said everything was going to be fine with more rest. That was a huge relief.”


• The Orioles named Keith Bodie as manager at high Class A Frederick. He served as pitching coach at Bowie last season.

• The Orioles signed righthander Greg Ross to a minor league contract. He is a Baltimore native who pitched at NCAA Division III Frostburg State (Md.) before the Braves selected him in the 18th round of the 2011 draft.

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