March 2nd, 2009
The exam in Detroit showed nothing serious.
“No problems,” manager Jim Leyland said moments ago. “No major issues at all.”
The plan for now calls for Bonderman to finish out his round of medication. As soon as the soreness goes away, he’ll start throwing again. Leyland believes that will be “very soon.”
You might remember that Rick Porcello was scheduled to pitch this afternoon. That didn’t happen, as it turns out, because he has been moved back to start Wednesday against Panama. In the ideal/healthy world, that would’ve been Jeremy Bonderman’s spot, but then it became clear that Bonderman wouldn’t be ready by then. It was briefly Jon Kibler’s spot, but it’s clear that Kibler isn’t fighting for a spot on the Major League roster.
Thus, Porcello threw a short side session today. And if you want to read something into that move and what it means for the pitching picture, Jim Leyland left it wide open for you to do that.
“I’m looking for pitching. That’s all I’m gonna tell you,” Leyland said. “You can write whatever you want.”
OK, so I’m going to write that Leyland is protecting himself in case he loses Bonderman for a significant period of time. Before this, there was Willis, Robertson and Miner competing for the fifth spot, with Rick Porcello a long shot. Take away Bonderman from the rotation, and that’s now two spots to fill, and two candidates who had rough outings last time out.
“Obviously, I’m concerned about Bonderman,” Leyland said. “At this point, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t concerned. It would not be good news if something was not right, but I do not expect that.”
Jeremy Bonderman flew to Detroit this morning to have his shoulder checked out by one of the team doctors. The Tigers are hoping to get some news on Bonderman later today. This is something that came together within the last couple days, because there were originally no plans to have him see a doctor even in Lakeland.
The Venezuelan support team and coaches for the World Baseball Classic filed in this morning. The players shouldn't be far behind. Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez stopped by the Tigers clubhouse, picked up a couple things, and took them over to the visitors clubhouse, where Team Venezuela will apparently be situated for the next few days until they leave for Toronto at the end of the week.
This is one of those days when you remind yourself that it’s really cold up north, as opposed to relatively chilly down here, such as the upper 40s this morning heading for a high just above 60.
With the Tigers starting outfield and cleanup hitter off to the World Baseball Classic, and others having made three road trips in the last four days, this is looking like a day for the kids and reserves. Not only are the remaining regulars not in the starting lineup, they’re not even listed on the bench portion of the lineup sheet.
Here it is:
- Iorg, SS
- Thames, DH
- Wells, CF
- Hessman, 3B
- Larish, 1B
- Ramirez, LF
- Gomez, RF
- Rhymes, 2B
- Kunkel, C
PITCHERS: Edwin Jackson, Rick Porcello, Joel Zumaya