Former Oriole Chris Ray joined the Norris and Davis show to discuss Dylan Bundy’s Tommy John injury.
Steve started out by asking Chris Ray about Scott Feldman whom Ray played with in 2010. Ray said that Feldman is a competitor and knows how to pitch. He is a pitcher that will help save the bullpen down the stretch because he consistently goes deep into ball games. He is not going to blow you away with his stuff but he has a strong competitive nature.
Steve then asked Ray about his own Tommy John surgery in 2007. Ray said that his elbow got warn out throughout his career. Ray said that it is a very tedious rehab, you got to stand against a wall and push with your shoulder so that you can get your muscles working again. There are a lot of little things you must do that are tiresome and boring but in the long run they are very important. However the success rate is very good coming back from TJ so that always kept him motivated.
Steve asked Ray about the later half of his career and whether he felt that he got back all the way. Ray said that he never felt 100 percent again. His shoulder, not his elbow, never felt the same. There were lingering issues that flared up as his career continued. He felt like he never got the zip back on his fastball. He could no longer throw 97 past people, so he had to learn how to get the feel back on his pitches.
Ed then asked about Bundy and whether it is unfair to assume he will be fine. Ray said that it is a risky surgery but that the rehabilitation care that professional athletes receive is unmatched and that pitchers are coming back faster and faster each year. Ray feels comfortable saying that Bundy will be back.