Dylan Bundy, the Baltimore Orioles pitcher who was the No. 2 prospect in baseball at the start of this season, received the news a pitcher dreads: He needs Tommy John surgery.
Bundy, who has battled through arm issues since spring training, will have surgery on Thursday under the care of Tommy John expert Dr. James Andrews. Bundy had a setback earlier this week that started this latest round of worrying. Recovery from Tommy John surgery generally takes 12 months.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun breaks down the Bundy injury timeline:
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.
Bundy, 20, was a first-round draft pick for the Orioles in 2011 (No. 4 overall). He was stellar in the minors, then made his major league debut in September 2012 as a reliever. He now joins Stephen Strasburg and Kerry Wood as pitching prodigies who've had Tommy John surgery at a young age.