SARASOTA, Fla. - Dylan Bundy was scheduled to pitch today, but he was held out of the game because of “groin spasms,” according to manager Buck Showalter.
It’s nothing serious. Showalter said it wasn’t anything that Bundy couldn’t have pitched with if the club needed him on the mound, but again, it’s spring training and there’s no reason to push anyone.
Bundy probably won’t pitch again before Wednesday, and he could be held back until Thursday. The Orioles are off Monday and Bundy will take part in biomechanical testing with director of pitching development Rick Peterson on Tuesday.
Bundy hasn’t pitched since last Wednesday.
Tsuyoshi Wada’s next bullpen session on a regular mound will take place Wednesday.
Nick Markakis definitely will stay back in camp on Tuesday, rather than go to Dunedin for the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He gets three days off.
Markakis didn’t play today because of spasms in his neck.
“Just want to make sure,” Showalter said. “He couldn’t move. Never had it before. He got better as the day went on. He’s got some muscle relaxers and all that stuff and we’ll see where we are in a couple days.
“Richie (Bancells) came back in to our meeting, because (Markakis) was in our lineup originally, and said he was a no-go. The proverbial crick in the neck, spasm. Don’t want to take it lightly. The doctors checked him out and they don’t think there’s any structural issues - back or disc or any of that stuff. But until he’s completely recovered, ... we’ll see.
“He didn’t say he wanted to come out, but he couldn’t (play). He knew that. When you don’t get much argument from him ...”
Showalter had plenty of reasons to be impressed with Miguel Gonzalez today after two scoreless innings, but he made sure to point out a moment that probably went unnoticed by the vast majority of people at Ed Smith Stadium.
“He’s letting it rip and he’s not taking one pitch for granted,” Showalter said. “Out there today, he gives up a routine two-out fly ball to right and the second baseman vacated. Instead of kind of walking off the field, he ran to second base to cover the bag in case something happened. Those are the things you notice, and I’m sure you do, too, where you kind of go, ‘This guy, he’s not assuming anything.’ When you’ve been where he is, Miguel is trying to make the club.
“You’ve got to understand this is the first time I’ve ever seen him pitch in spring training. I remember Fred Ferreira called and said, ‘You know, I saw this guy in Mexico. I really liked him. Don’t let him get lost in the shuffle there.’ He didn’t.
“It was good to see Miguel get back out there. He looked sharp.”
Gonzalez has always been a confident pitcher, and his competitive streak is masked by an easygoing personality.
“You know him. He smiles easily, he’s engaging, but he’s a competitive guy,” Showalter said. “You see him bounce off the mound on a bunt. He competes now. And when he doesn’t do what he’s capable of doing, he isn’t a happy guy. He can, I wouldn’t say ‘brood,’ but he can convey feelings of unhappiness with himself.”