Last night, the Orioles snapped a painful four game losing streak, defeating the Cleveland Indians, 6-3, as Chris Tillman went seven strong innings (giving up three runs) and both Chris Davis along with Alexi Casilla went deep.
Cleveland seemed to be rolling behind the arm of Justin Masterson, who had his way with the Orioles until the seventh inning. Baltimore used a five-run bolstered by both Davis’ – his 28th homer to lead all of baseball – and Casilla to lift them to their 43rd victory of the season.
Jim Johnson earned his 27th save of the season, striking out and walking two.
The news of the day, however, centered on another arm in the organization: Dylan Bundy.
The Orioles learned today after a visit to Dr. James Andrews, Bundy will need Tommy John surgery.
From the Baltimore Sun: Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, who has been sidelined with forearm discomfort since late March, will undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery – commonly known as Tommy John surgery – Thursday morning in Florida, according to Bundy’s agent Jay Franklin.
The 20-year-old Bundy, who was the club’s first-round pick in 2011 and made it to the majors in 2012, will be out roughly 12 months.
Bundy was shut down at the end of spring training with an injury initially thought to be forearm discomfort. In late April, he had a platelet-rich plasma injection into his right arm and rested for six weeks. He had begun a throwing progression this month but again felt discomfort on Monday after tossing baseballs 120 feet.
He was examined by team orthopedist John Wilckens on Tuesday and then renowned surgeon James Andrews on Wednesday. A partial tear of the elbow ligament had worsened and surgery was recommended, Franklin said.
It was sad to have read the news on Bundy; however, based on what has happened since Spring Training, I would have guessed that he was not going to pitch much at all in 2013 – if at all.
The rehab on the arm was not going well, and he missed quite a bit of time this season. Well, not only may he be out for at least a year, maybe longer.
The good thing is that Bundy is young – only 20 – so, this is not a career killer. In fact, Bundy may come back better than ever, but the Tommy John procedure is still surgery and anything can happen.
More than likely, he will be fine with rehab and rest; however, today’s news was still kind of a blow knowing that one of the most promising young arms in all of baseball will be out for a long time.
With arms like Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler for the New York Mets in the fold, along with Gerrit Cole to the west in Pittsburgh, Baltimore fans were hoping for another young arm to join the party.
Alas, it will not be for Bundy.