BALTIMORE (AP) — Dylan Bundy's frustrating season ended before it started.
The Orioles pitching prospect will have elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Thursday in Pensacola, Fla. The procedure will end a frustrating season in which the right-hander never threw in a game.
"Hopefully, next year this time we'll be putting a date on when he's going to be pitching again in a game," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday.
Selected fourth overall in the 2011 amateur draft, Bundy made it to the big leagues with Baltimore last season and was expected to contribute again this year. But he developed arm soreness during spring training.
The 20-year-old received treatment in April. When he resumed throwing, Bundy felt pain in his elbow and again was shut down.
After being examined by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and Dr. James Andrews, it was determined that Bundy needed Tommy John surgery.
"Dr. Andrews and Dr. Wilckens have been on the same page about everything," Showalter said. "We tried to see if we could keep from going down this direction, but when he had the setback throwing from a certain number of feet, I think they felt like there was some distress there."
At that point, surgery appeared to be the best option.
"The thinking was that Dylan is 20 years old, he's very young and it's early in his career," said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. "After giving it two times of significant rest and the elbow not responding and being capable of handling the workload required, the doctors and Dylan decided this was the best course. We certainly support it."