Dylan BundyThe Orioles are taking it slow with Dylan Bundy — and why shouldn’t they? Their top prospect was shut down when he experienced elbow stiffness at the end of Spring Training and sent back to Sarasota to rehab the injury. MASNSports.com’s Steve Melewski reports that Bundy is still down there working to get back to Double-A Bowie.

Orioles 2011 first-round pick Dylan Bundy is still in Florida in rehab mode dealing with mild tightness in his right elbow. I’ve heard there have been no setbacks, but he has yet to throw any bullpen sessions. The club is just being cautious with a young prospect. He is now pain-free and is on a strengthening program.

We are likely looking at a timetable of a few weeks or more before he could pitch in any games, since he’ll have to build arm strength back up and likely pitch in a simulated game or games before the O’s think about placing him in the minor leagues to start his 2013 season.

Bundy was scheduled to pitch in Bowie’s home opener on Sunday. Instead, Kevin Gausman will get the nod at 7 PM against the Akron Aeros.