Dylan Bundy, placed on Single-A Frederick’s disabled list yesterday with a strained right latissimus dorsi, said his injury occurred Sunday as he ran in the outfield following a routine throwing session.
Bundy underwent an MRI yesterday in Baltimore that revealed the strain, which may end his minor league season.
“It’s definitely a weird injury,” Bundy said today during a phone interview. “I had just thrown some long toss and my flat ground and was going to do some condition drills. I was doing half posts, which is basically to center field, nothing strenuous. It’s like a 65-70 percent sprint. It’s not a hard run.
“I did one of them and on the way back I felt something on my side. The trainer goes, ‘Are you all right?’ And I said, ‘No.’ I felt something on my side like a bad cramp. I didn’t think it was anything serious. I ran two more and felt it again, but not too bad. I walked to the clubhouse and I could feel it and I knew something wasn’t right.
“We had the trainer ice it and had it looked at, and I saw Dr. (Michael) Jacobs after the Orioles game on Sunday.”
The initial concern was that Bundy had strained his oblique.
“I knew it was either my oblique or lat,” he said. “Initially, I thought it was my lat, but of course I’m not a trainer or doctor. They know a whole lot more than me. But I told them I thought it was my lat. They told me to go to the doctor. They didn’t think it was anything serious and neither did I. I had an oblique issue before and knew it wasn’t that serious.
“They said it was just a minor strain, no big deal. A couple days rest and let it heal up and I should be good to go.”
There may not be anywhere else to go in 2014. Frederick’s season is winding down. Bundy will head down to Sarasota and await instructions.
“I don’t know what the plan is. Once it’s healed up, I’ll see what they say,” said Bundy, who’s a combined 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA in nine starts at short-season Single-A Aberdeen and Frederick, with 38 hits allowed, 16 walks and 37 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings.
“I don’t know what’s in store for me the next two or three weeks. The minor league season ends on Sept. 1. We’ll see what happens. If I go home, I’ll go back to Oklahoma and enjoy the offseason. Hunt some and hang with my friends and my dad and rest for about 2 1/2 months and start throwing again.”
Bundy said his elbow feels good, which is the most important component of his season.
“I’m definitely thankful for that,” he said. “If I’m done for the year, I’m happy. My elbow is fine this year. I slowly but surely got my velo back up, so I’m happy with that. And I’m happy with my fastball command and the command of all my other pitches toward the end of my starts at Frederick.
“It’s just unfortunate that I had to end my season, if it’s the end of my season, with a lat injury like that.”
The season is just getting started for Bundy’s older brother, Bobby, who’s reporting Saturday to the IronBirds.
Bundy, also recovered from ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, has thrown 1 2/3 innings in two starts in the Gulf Coast League.
“He’s going good, feeling fine,” Bundy said. “His fastball is 91-93 mph right now. He’s more of a two-seam guy, so 91-93 is pretty nasty.”