In baseball language, “forearm stiffness” translates to “elbow injury” and “platelet-rich plasma injection” translates to “a procedure that delays an inevitable surgery.”

According to reports from the Orioles beat writers, Dylan Bundy has suffered a recent setback in his rehab from his forearm injury he suffered at the end of Spring Training. Bundy rested for six weeks, then was given the aforementioned platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection on April 29. On Monday night, news broke that Bundy felt discomfort throwing from 120 feet at the Orioles facility in Sarasota and will be re-examined by team orthopedist Dr. Wilkens on Tuesday.

Dylan BundyI’m not going to speculate on the injury because I’m not a doctor. But as a baseball fan watching from afar, Bundy’s timeline sounds very familiar.

If he’ll need Tommy John surgery and gets the procedure right this second, the Orioles won’t see Bundy back on the field until at July 2014 at the earliest. That’s assuming he gets it done today.

As a blogger who’s already admitted he’s not a doctor, I keep wondering why players continue to receive the PRP injection when it seems to only push back the timetable for their return. Had Bundy gotten Tommy John surgery at the end of Spring Training, the Orioles would have had him back in time for the beginning of the 2014 season. Instead, he’ll likely miss all of 2013 and half of next year.