As expected the Orioles optioned top prospect Dylan Bundy to the minors, sending the 21-year-old right-hander to Double-A to continue his rehab from Tommy John elbow surgery.
Bundy had the surgery in June and is close to being cleared to throw from flat ground, with the hope being that he’ll be ready for game action in about three months. Prior to blowing out his elbow Bundy was the consensus top pitching prospect in all of baseball and it’s possible that he could make a second-half impact in Baltimore if everything goes extremely well in his recovery.
Bundy was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school and made his MLB debut in September of 2012 at age 19. However, he didn’t pitch at all last season and went under the knife after attempts to rest and rehab the elbow problems didn’t work.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.
Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.
Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.
According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.