Orioles hope shift to bullpen can keep Dylan Bundy healthy

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Injuries knocked Dylan Bundy off the superstar path and despite being just 23 years old the former No. 4 overall draft pick is a huge question mark three seasons after being the consensus top pitching prospect in baseball.

Bundy missed all of 2013 and has made just 17 starts in the past two seasons, all in the minors. And now the Orioles are thinking about shifting him to the bullpen in an effort to keep him healthy with a lesser workload.

This morning at Orioles camp Bundy told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that he feels healthy and is ready to take advice from the team’s veteran bullpen arms to prepare for being a reliever because “any spot in the majors is a good spot.”

Bundy was viewed as a future top-of-the-rotation ace from the moment the Orioles drafted him out of high school in 2011 and all 40 of his minor-league appearances have come as a starter. But perhaps throwing 20 pitches 2-3 times per week will suit him better and maybe even allow Bundy to rediscover some of the velocity he lost due to the injuries.