The Orioles could use an arm to bolster their rotation as they chase the Blue Jays. Dylan Bundy’s arm won’t be ready for a while, but after his first rehab start, it’s looking pretty good.
Bundy pitched for class-A Aberdeen yesterday, allowing one run on five hits over five innings of work while striking out six and walking no one. It is presumed that he’ll make several more rehab starts before the Orioles bring him up, but the 21-year-old Tommy John vet may be a second half x-factor for Baltimore.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.