O'Day to help guide Bundy in O's bullpen

Veteran reliever remembers when prospect made his debut in 2012

O'Day to help guide Bundy in O's bullpen

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy mentioned Friday that should he make the team's Opening Day roster in the bullpen, he'll rely on some veterans to mentor him.

Bundy's first taste of being mentored, back in September 2012 when he made his debut, was pretty memorable to setup man Darren O'Day.

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"The phone rang, and Billy Castro was the bullpen coach at the time, and he said, 'Bundy, it's for you!' And [Bundy is] wearing his sunglasses at the time and he jumps up and goes, 'What do I do?' [We said], 'You warm up.' He jumps up on the mound, and I was like, 'Take your sunglasses off, too,'" O'Day said, laughing. "We got some work to do.

"We will help him out for sure. He's obviously talented. I still remember the first bullpen I saw him throw. The quality and consistency of four pitches was incredible to stand behind and watch for a kid that young. He's had a tough couple years with injuries and that can be frustrating for anybody, you get down on yourself, so I think he's got a time here where he's got to show what he can do and we will help him as much as we can."

Bundy's Major League debut

If healthy, Bundy -- who is out of Minor League options -- is projected to break camp with the team, which means the rookie will likely be the designated guy carrying all the snacks out to the bullpen for the relief corps.

"He'll look great. I was in the airport the other day and they had some really nice Hello Kitty bags," O'Day said. "So if Bundy is the guy with the bags, we might have to make it more pink."

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