Los Angeles Times

Dylan Bundy has injection, no surgery

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy underwent an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his sore right forearm/elbow area Monday in Florida and will not do baseball activities for at least six weeks while he rests and rehabs.

“It’s good news that they’re recommending rest and therapy and then a resumption of the throwing program,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “It seems like a bump in the road.”

Bundy, 20, has been dealing with tightness in his forearm and elbow since late March. A MRI showed no structural damage to the elbow, but Bundy wanted a second opinion and asked to see renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

So the organization and its fan base was holding its collective breath that the 2011 first-rounder would not need surgery on his electric right arm.

Andrews met with Bundy on Monday in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He recommended and then administered the PRP injection. Andrews prescribed rest for six weeks — a time in which Bundy will stay in Sarasota, Fla. and work with the organization’s medical staff.

“We’re hoping we’re talking about June. I hope. We’ll see. We are going to take the conservative approach and make sure we get it resolved,” Showalter said. “He’ll have a good support staff down there with him. He just has to listen to what the doctors say he should be doing.”

Bundy, listed as the sport’s No. 2 prospect by Baseball America heading into this season, is not the first young Orioles pitcher to have a PRP injection. Last spring Zach Britton, who made his Orioles debut Monday night in Seattle, underwent two rounds of the procedure.

As part of the procedure, the blood is enriched with platelets and is designed to stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissue.

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • Get to know the 2015 Orioles

    Get to know the 2015 Orioles

  • Time-lapse from Orioles home opener

    Time-lapse from Orioles home opener

    Baseball returns to Camden Yards as the Orioles take on the Blue Jays in their home opener. (Christopher T. Assaf/Baltimor

  • Orioles in April

    Orioles in April

    Browse pictures of Orioles baseball games in April 2015.

  • Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Look through photos from Orioles Opening Day festivities at Camden Yards on April 10. The Orioles will face the Toronto Blue Jays in their 62nd home opener in Baltimore. 

  • Orioles player salaries for 2015

    Orioles player salaries for 2015

    With the 2015 baseball season just underway, USA Today has released its annual comprehensive list of player salaries. The publication gathers the data from "documents obtained from the MLB Players Association, club officials and filed with Major League Baseball's central office. Deferred payments...

  • All-Time Greatest Orioles

    All-Time Greatest Orioles

    In the six decades since they returned to the American League, 982 players have suited up for the Orioles. Who are the all-time best? Here are The Baltimore Sun's picks — six men at each position, except outfield and starting pitcher (nine apiece). We ranked the top six managers, too, from 1954...