BALTIMORE — Not three weeks after Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pulled both hamstrings while running the bases against the Mets, the Orioles have placed opening day starter Dylan Bundy on the 10-day disabled list after the pitcher rolled his ankle while running the bases on Saturday against the Braves. According to the Orioles’ Twitter page, Bundy suffered a left high ankle sprain.
It’s a frustrating development for the Orioles and Bundy, who was only put into that situation because the Orioles were playing in a National League ballpark when the injury took place. Bundy performed well in the month of June, working to a 1.98 ERA over four starts (27.1 innings), allowing six earned runs on 18 hits, nine walks, and 25 strikeouts. It was a reassuring month for Bundy, who struggled in May with a 6.12 ERA in six starts.
With Bundy landing on the DL, the Orioles once again recalled left-handed relief pitcher Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk. Hart was just optioned on Monday with Tim Beckham‘s return from the 60-day DL (groin). It marks the sixth time this season that the Orioles have recalled Hart, according to Rich Dubroff of Pressbox.
Luckily for the Orioles, Andrew Cashner‘s recent return gives the team a cushion in figuring out a fifth starter. Bundy last pitched on Saturday, so the Orioles will need to find a replacement for his scheduled Thursday start against the Mariners. With an off-day coming on Jul. 2 for Baltimore, that Jul. 28 start versus Seattle could be the only start Bundy misses if all goes to plan.
Jimmy Yacabonis was scratched from Tuesday evening’s start for the Tides, making him the early favorite to receive this Thursday’s start. In two relief appearances this season at the major league level for Yacabonis, the 26-year-old right hander has allowed four runs on three hits, five walks, and 1 strikeout (2.1 innings). Yacabonis is 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA this season in 13 starts for Norfolk.
Bundy becomes eligible to return from the DL on Jul. 4 on the road against the Phillies, but in an effort to protect his ankle, Buck Showalter will likely wait until Jul. 6 in Minnesota, an AL ballpark, to re-activate Bundy.
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