Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, who has only thrown soft toss since being shelved since March due to tightness in his right forearm/elbow, will throw Monday from 75 to 90 feet in Sarasota, Fla., according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter. He has yet to pitch in a pro game this season, but is expected to get on a mound toward the end of next week.
Bundy apparently suffered forearm spasms because of the way he was placing the ball in and out of his glove – and the Orioles have worked with him to change that routine.
“He has been pain-free and symptom-free for a while,” Showalter said. “They’ve just been doing some stuff to make sure it doesn’t occur again, hopefully.”
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Steve Johnson (lat) threw a side session in Sarasota on Saturday and everything went well, so he will pitch the Wednesday morning game for Triple-A Norfolk at Charlotte. It will be listed as a minor league rehab game for Johnson, so Norfolk will not have to alter its roster to add the right-hander.
Right-hander Oliver Drake (Navy) will throw live batting practice Tuesday, something Showalter calls, “a big step for where he has come from.” Drake started three games for Double-A Bowie in 2012 before being shut down with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery.
Triple-A first baseman Travis Ishikawa broke his nose while breaking up a double play on Saturday.
Former Oriole Mike Bordick, who works with the organization’s infielders when he is not broadcasting games for MASN, may go down to Sarasota next week to work with Brian Roberts (hamstring) if Roberts is ready to resume baseball activities.
The Orioles were supposed to face right-hander Chad Billingsley today, but Billingsley landed on the disabled list this morning with right elbow pain. So the club called up 26-year-old right-hander Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Orioles found out about the switch around 10 a.m. Sunday.
“It’s kind of like the whole interleague thing. Scrambling, calling contacts, people that you know who have seen him and watching video,” Showalter said. “”Kind of like what we were doing with Billingsley. It’s one of those curves you get thrown, you try to make the adjustments.”
Orioles: McLouth 7, Machado 5, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Davis 3, Wieters 2, Hardy 6, Flaherty 4, Reimold DH. Arrieta 1.
Dodgers: Crawford 7, Ellis 4, Gonzalez 3, Kemp 8, Ethier 9, Hairston 5, Ellis 2, Schumaker DH, Sellers 6. Fife 1.