O's Bundy to have elbow examined

Top pitching prospect requests visit with Dr. Andrews

Orioles manager Buck Showalter remains optimistic about Dylan Bundy. (Getty Images)

By Danny Wild / MLB.com | April 23, 2013 3:38 PM ET

Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy is scheduled to have his elbow examined on April 29 by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews after the right-hander experienced continued pain and requested a second opinion.

Bundy, MLB.com's No. 2 overall prospect, told the Orioles he still feels discomfort in the elbow -- he threw from 90 feet on flat ground on Monday at the team's Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Fla. -- and is set to meet with Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

The 20-year-old right-hander has not pitched this season due to what the team has called "flexor mass tightness." An MRI revealed no structural damage.

"He still feels some discomfort there," Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com. "He took his MRI and everything with him, I'm sure. I don't know if Dr. Andrews will take another one or not. But we're very supportive of it. He wanted to get a second opinion just to be sure because he hoped it would be resolved quicker than this."

Bundy last threw off a mound in early March before being optioned to Minor League camp. He was due to join Double-A Bowie.

"I don't think there's something definitive on [what caused the injury], the way I understand it," Showalter said. "We are more interested in getting it resolved right now. They took the MRI and the elbow looked good on the MRI. That's why maybe I don't at this point feel anything differently yet. I haven't had anything told [to] me that's different."

Bundy became one of the Minor Leagues' biggest storylines last year when he went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 23 starts across three levels before making his Major League debut in September. The 2011 first-round pick joined Manny Machado in becoming the first pair of Orioles to debut in the same season by age 20 since 1964.

Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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