Orioles reinstate Dylan Bundy from bereavement list

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (37) pitches the ball (during the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox on June 14, 2017 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire)
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The Baltimore Orioles are getting a little more help in their chase for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. The Orioles reinstated right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy from the bereavement list ahead of Tuesday’s game, optioning left-hander Donnie Hart back to Triple-A.

After looking dead in the water in the playoff chase for weeks, a recent five-game winning streak has the Orioles back over .500 and within just 1.5 games of the Minnesota Twins in the second Wild Card spot. Bundy last pitched on Aug. 23 and was placed on the bereavement list on Aug. 25, meaning he didn’t even really miss a start during his absence from the team.

Bundy is in his second full season in the big leagues, and he has been a major contributor for Baltimore. In 24 starts, Bundy has thrown 146.1 innings and has a 4.18 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9. Considering the poor performance of pretty much everyone else in the Orioles rotation, Bundy has been the de facto ace of the staff in 2017.

Hart has made 40 appearances for Baltimore this season, posting a 3.03 ERA in 35.2 innings. Going back to 2016, he has a 2.17 ERA in 54 innings with the Orioles in his major league career to go along with 6.2 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9. Hart has had a shaky second half, allowing 12 hits, four walks, and five runs (four earned) in 11.2 innings. In his last four appearances, Hart has not recorded a single strikeout while allowing five hits, two walks, and three earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched.

The Orioles will send Bundy to the mound on Tuesday evening against Erasmo Ramirez of the Seattle Mariners.

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