Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy’s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has been put on hold due to shoulder soreness.
Bundy was scratched from his scheduled start at Double-A, but Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that an examination “went well” and the Orioles are “hopeful it’s just a mild case of tendinitis.”
Bundy made his big-league debut in 2012 at age 19 and then ranked as the consensus No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball, but three years later he’s still trying to get back on track. For now he’ll rest and try to re-start his comeback next month.
Prior to being shut down Bundy was pitching well at Double-A with a 3.68 ERA and 25/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings as a 22-year-old.
This winter Joe Kelly joked (or at least it seemed like a joke) that he was going to win the Cy Young award for the Red Sox this season, but now he might be headed back to the minors at age 27.
Kelly failed to make it out of the second inning Monday against the Twins, allowing seven runs while recording five outs, and he’s now 1-4 with a 6.24 ERA in nine starts this season.
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox are thinking about demoting Kelly to Triple-A, with Eduardo Rodriguez likely tabbed as his replacement. According to McAdam “he’s clearly on thin ice” and Kelly may only have one more start to keep his job.
Kelly, who was acquired from the Cardinals last July as part of the Allen Craig/John Lackey trade, has a 3.78 ERA in 376 career innings despite being unable to turn his mid-90s fastball into a good strikeout rate.
C.J. Cron has been the Angels’ primary designated hitter since debuting in May of last season, but he’s struggled following a decent rookie showing and now he’s been demoted back to Triple-A.
Cron was billed as a potential middle-of-the-order slugger when the Angels drafted him with the 17th overall pick in 2011, but his lack of plate discipline was a red flag in the minors and he’s basically swung at everything in the majors.
He’s hit .241 with 12 homers and a .400 slugging percentage in 110 games, which is poor production for a DH, but the bigger issue is that Cron has drawn a grand total of 12 walks in 355 trips to the plate on the way to a hideous .270 on-base percentage. That includes an ugly 23/2 K/BB ratio this season.
At age 25 he remains in the Angels’ plans and should be able to quickly work his way back to the big leagues with a strong stretch at Triple-A, but the jury is very much out on whether the 25-year-old Cron has the potential to be an asset playing every day.
Grant Green, a much more versatile player who also has some offensive upside, is replacing Cron on the roster.