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Dylan Bundy shut down for rest of 2015

Dylan Bundy has been shut down for the rest of 2015 with shoulder inflammation.

Dylan Bundy has been shut down for the rest of 2015 with shoulder inflammation.

Perhaps it is just time for the Orioles to accept that things are not going to work out for Dylan Bundy. The former No. 4 overall pick has been shut down again with an injury in his throwing arm, at least this time surgery is no expected.

The 22-year-old flame-thrower has been regarded as one of baseballs top prospects since being drafted but major injuries have derailed his development on multiple occasions. Nearly two years after he underwent Tommy John surgery and one year after returning, Bundy has been shut down for likely the rest of the 2015 season with tendinitis and shoulder inflammation.

Bundy was with the Bowie Baysox this season but was struggling, going 0-3 with a 3.68 ERA and only 25 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched over eight starts. Bundy lasted more than three innings in a game on time: May 21 when he went four innings against the Trenton Thunder. He had also thrown 65 pitchers despite such a short outing.

Last season, after returning to baseball following his Tommy John surgery, he appeared in nine Single-A games between Aberdeen and Frederick and went 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA and only 37 strikeouts in 41.1 innings pitched.

Before his injuries, Bundy was a very effective pitcher in the minor leagues and even got a short call up to the majors in 2012. He appeared in two games and allowed only one hit in 1.2 innings of shutout relief work.

But while Bundy was previously on the untouchable prospect lists for the Orioles, he had no value now, especially with injuries not only plaguing him but apparently hurting his performance from the mound.

What is interesting about Bundy is that since he has used a minor league option each season, he would have to make the Orioles out of spring training next season or the team is at risk of losing him since his potential is so great that it is unlikely he would ever clear waivers.

At least for the near future, though, he cannot throw. Dundy visited well-known sports orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday and while surgery is not required rest is. Buck Showalter said there is hope that he will pitch late this year but it is not at all likely.

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