Orioles fans can take a sigh of relief, because stud prospect Dylan Bundy has already been cleared to resume throwing after beginning the season on the disabled list with elbow soreness.
Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Bundy has been playing catch without any problems and will start ramping things up at extended spring training today.
Bundy was the fourth overall pick in 2011 draft and made his big-league debut in September at age 19 after throwing 104 innings with a 2.08 ERA and 119/28 K/BB ratio in the minors. He made the jump from Double-A to majors, but once healthy Bundy will head to Triple-A.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.