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Orioles Prospect Dylan Bundy to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore Orioles star pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will undergo Tommy John Surgery Thursday.

Bundy has been out since March with forearm discomfort. He suffered a setback in his rehab earlier in the week and was examined by Dr. James Andrews Wednesday. Andrews found Bundy had a partial tear in his right elbow ligament, which resulted in the decision for surgery.

The 20-year-old Bundy was selected fourth in the 2011 First-Year-Player Draft. Bundy was given a $6.25 million signing bonus, and made it to the big leagues last season, pitching in two games for the O's.

"It's because of where he was drafted and what our hopes are," Orioles skipper Buck Showalter said when explaining the relevance of the Bundy news. "He had some roads to cross, and this might help him some in certain situations. Hopefully, next year this time we'll be putting a date on when he is going to pitch again in a game. And we all know, obviously there are a lot of exceptions, but this is a procedure that has become, unfortunately, pretty commonplace, as Dr. Andrews would say."

It should take Bundy approximately 12 months to recover after the surgery.

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