ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy has been shut down after experiencing some mild elbow tightness in his throwing arm.
"He's going to rest it for a few more days until it goes away, and we expect that to be in a couple of days and then at that point he would resume his throwing," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. "He's had some tightness for a couple of days. I think it came to light last week."
Duquette said Bundy complained of the tightness a few days after his final minor league spring start. Bundy had an MRI taken on the elbow and the results were negative, showing mild tightness in a muscle in the area of his elbow.
Bundy will have to begin a throwing progression once he returns, which places his availability for the beginning of the minor league season at Double-A Bowie in question. His first start of the season for the Baysox has not yet been scheduled.
"We're just being cautious to shut him down until the muscle tightness goes away," said Brian Graham, the Orioles' director of player development. "He'll start back with a throwing program and evaluate it from there. We really don't know what day he's going to pitch. It's all based on how he feels when he's throwing again."
The 20-year-old Bundy is a consensus top three prospect in the game. He was 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 starts last year in his first pro season, going from low Class-A Delmarva to Bowie before the Orioles made him a late-season call-up and he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in two major league relief appearances.
** Cuban defector Henry Urrutia, who joined the organization last month after being stuck in Haiti for eight months after he signed in July, will remain in extended spring training in Sarasota for at least the next seven to 10 days.
Urrutia hasn't played in two years, so the organization would like to see him get more at-bats to shake off some rust. But most importantly, he still has some final paperwork to complete before he can be assigned to a minor league affiliate.
Urrutia, who played four games in right field this spring, finished the spring with around 20 at-bats. Typically players returning from layoffs need about 50 spring at-bats to get ready for the season. But with Urrutia having not played competitively for two years, the organization is still weighing how many at-bats he needed.
The Orioles are also still weighing which minor league level Urrutia will be assigned once his paper work is completed.
Bundy being shut down with elbow stiffness was first reported by MASNSports.com.