SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-handers Hunter Harvey and Dylan Bundy, the Orioles' top two prospects, reported to the club's annual minicamp on Monday with clean bills of health, a welcome development after a few injury-plagued seasons.
Bundy, 23, was limited by an ailing right shoulder to only eight starts for Double-A Bowie last season. He made two starts in the Arizona Fall League before being scratched with forearm tightness. The O's No. 2 prospect said they were "just being cautious" with his forearm in the Fall League, however.
Bundy is working through a throwing program at home in Oklahoma, playing catch at 150 feet. He expects to throw a bullpen session soon, but manager Buck Showalter said that won't take place this week as Bundy carefully increases his intensity.
"He's going very maturely and smart, where he may not have been as much in the past," Showalter said. "I'm impressed with how he's handling where the finish line is."
This year, that finish line could be set up in the Orioles' bullpen. Bundy is out of Minor League options, meaning the O's must place him on their Opening Day roster (if he's healthy) or risk losing him to another club. Considering Bundy's recent innings totals -- he threw 41 1/3 in 2014 and last surpassed 100 in '12 -- he won't be able maintain a starter's workload.
That means Bundy is likely bound for the bullpen, a reality he has seemingly accepted. His long-term plan is still to be a starter in the Majors, but his immediate goal is to crack Baltimore's roster.
"The past couple years, I haven't thrown many innings, so I can't really be a 200-innings starter," Bundy said. "So yeah, being in the bullpen, anywhere in the big leagues, I'll take any position and I'll be fine."
Harvey, the Orioles' top prospect, hasn't pitched in a game since July 25, 2014. A flexor mass strain in his right arm cut that season short, but he was fully healthy last spring. However, Harvey sustained a right leg fracture on a comebacker and eventually ran into more elbow issues during his recovery.
The 21-year-old right-hander said he attempted to come back too quickly from the leg injury. But Harvey feels healthy now, and he said he hasn't experienced any problems since he began throwing more than a month ago.
"I guess it happens," Harvey said. "It was a tough year."
There were some questions late last year regarding whether Harvey would need to undergo elbow surgery. Even he worried at one point. But Harvey hasn't had to see Dr. James Andrews since September, he said, and he believes that surgery won't be necessary.
"We're confident. I've been feeling really healthy, haven't had any pain, nothing," Harvey said. "I'm 100 percent."
• The Orioles are discussing the possibility of inviting right-hander Gavin Floyd to minicamp for a tryout. Floyd, a Maryland native, made seven relief appearances for the Indians last season. Over the past three years, injuries have limited Floyd to 21 appearances, including 14 starts, though he has pitched well in that time, posting a 3.33 ERA.
In the past, the O's have used this camp to host tryouts and extend Spring Training invitations. Delmon Young caught on with the club in 2014 after making an impression in minicamp, and veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson tried out last year.
• Showalter informed catcher Jonah Heim, the Orioles' No. 15 prospect, that he will be invited to big league Spring Training.
• Right-hander Joe Gunkel and lefties C.J. Riefenhauser and Jeff Beliveau were the only three pitchers to throw off a mound on Monday. Along with Bundy, right-hander Jason Garcia and lefty Tanner Scott (coming off a stint in the Fall League) aren't expected to pitch off the mound this week.