Top prospect Dylan Bundy needs Tommy John surgery
Dylan Bundy, the Baltimore Orioles’ top prospect and the No. 2 ranked prospect at the start of the MLB season, needs Tommy John surgery.
No matter how old or young a pitcher you are, finding out that you need Tommy John surgery is possibly the worst injury news you can receive. Bundy will undergo the surgery Thursday, under the supervision of Dr. James Andrews, an expert on Tommy John, reports Yahoo! Sports.
Lucky for Bundy he is at such a young age, 20, that he can still have a bright future ahead of him. Stephen Strasburg and Kerry Wood both underwent Tommy John surgery early on in their careers, and have had (or in Strasburg’s case are having) successful careers.
Bundy made his major league debut with the Orioles in September 2012 as a reliever, after having been phenomenal in the minors. But he has been dealing with various arm issues since spring training. On Monday, he suffered a setback in his recovery from the previous arm issues he had been dealing with, according to Yahoo! Sports.
It wasn’t until he was examined this week by both team orthopedist John Wilckens and Andrews, according to the Baltimore Sun, that they realized that a partial tear of the elbow ligament had worsened and he would need the surgery. The Orioles are in the middle of a tough pennant race and had hoped that Bundy would be back in order to help with the late summer push to the playoffs, but that clearly will not happen.
The general timetable for returning from Tommy John surgery is considered to be 10-14 months. Hopefully due to Bundy’s age and general physical health he should be able to make a successful recovery.
“I think if anybody knows Dylan, he’ll be very diligent with his rehab. If anything, we’ll have to watch him being too diligent,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That’s a big part of it: If you are willing to go through the rehab. … Where he’s concerned, whether he wants to pitch for us or not. And he does.”
For now it is just a waiting game for the Orioles as they hope he can make a full recovery and have long successful career in Baltimore.