Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy underwent Tommy John surgery in June last year. It sounds like he is starting to make some real progress on the long road back to the Oriole rotation. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that Bundy threw from 150 feet earlier today. Manager Buck Showalter was enthused:
“That went real well,” Showalter said. “It’s going as well as you could hope for.”
If Bundy continues making progress, he could push his timetable forward slightly. As of right now, the 21-year-old is on track to begin rehabbing in May and could rejoin the Orioles some time in June. The Orioles aren’t waiting around, as they have indicated interest in free agent starter Ervin Santana.
Bundy, the Orioles’ first-round pick in the 2011 draft (fourth overall), didn’t play at all in 2013. In the year prior, he impressed in his first taste of pro ball, posting a 2.08 ERA in 103 2/3 innings between Single-A Delmarva and Frederick and Double-A Bowie. Bundy had a brief taste of the big leagues at the end of September, allowing just a walk and a hit in 1 2/3 innings.
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.