Good news for the Orioles this evening, as prospect right-hander Dylan Bundy continues to make progress from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com brings word that the 21-year-old threw 50 pitches today in a bullpen session and will face live hitters next Tuesday for the first time since his surgery last June.
Bundy confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account this evening:
Barring any setbacks, the plan calls for Bundy to advance to extended spring training games within the next two weeks. He could be an interesting midseason factor for the Orioles.
Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and reliever Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension, which will also include a third-year vesting club option. Rome notes that the extension is believed to be the largest, in terms of both total money and average annual value, for a reliever who is not a closer.
Pressly, 30, agreed to a $2.9 million salary for the 2019 season back in January, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The Astros acquired Pressly from the Twins near the end of July in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Pressly posted a 3.40 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with the Twins and a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Astros. In the playoffs, Pressly allowed just one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts across five innings of work.
Along with Héctor Rondón, Pressly will once again help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.