Dylan Bundy and Aberdeen Ironbirds manager Matt Merullo held a press a conference today at Ripken Stadium. The purpose of the press conference was to get updates from Dylan Bundy on his rehab process and how he is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
First, it was clear that he was excited to get back to pitching and to begin the one of the last steps in his process of returning from Tommy John. He mentioned his goal of returning back to pitching in games 12 months after he underwent surgery, and he is going to beat that goal by two weeks when he makes his first start this Sunday for the Ironbirds on the road.
Second, Bundy talked about his stuff and how his arm is feeling during the rehab process. Specifically, he said his fastball velocity in his last start in extended spring training was sitting 90 to 92 and he was hitting 93, 94. Furthermore, he seemed very pleased with the command and control of his fastball. He also talked about his secondary pitches. He mentioned that his command and control of his secondary pitches are better than it has ever been, even before the injury. However, he said that the quality of the secondaries may not yet be there.
Third, he said that he is not totally aware of what his rehab process is going to be or how it is going to finish and he really did not want to know. The plan, as far as he knows, is to go three to four starts in Aberdeen and then reassess where he is from there. When asked about whether or not he thought he would be called up Baltimore some time later this season, he said that it is not under his control but he believes that it is a realistic goal for him to achieve
Lastly, his first rehab start for Aberdeen is going to be this Sunday, June 14th, and his second start is going to be on Saturday June 21st. The first start will be on the road and his second one will be at Ripken stadium. The plan as of now is pitch 5 innings and/or 75 pitches.