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.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).