More work for Willis, Bonderman

While the Tigers took batting practice this morning, pitching coach Rick Knapp was at work in the bullpen. First up was Dontrelle Willis, who was working on some mechanics in the bullpen after he went back to his old leg kick in Thursday night’s game against the Braves. Knapp and Willis are basically going to work off of that old delivery now in the idea of going with what’s comfortable in hopes that it helps him.

“We’re at the point where we’re trying pretty much anything,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I think that’s pretty simple.”

Bonderman was a matter of shoring up some of his mechanics, which he said were all over the place at times Thursday, presumably from the rust. Leyland sounded a much less tentative tone about Bonderman Friday morning.

“I think if he stays healthy, he’ll be ready to pitch Opening Day, or the fifth day, or whichever day,” Leyland said.


  1. Santiago, SS
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Thames, RF
  5. Kelly, 1B
  6. Larish, 3B
  7. Ramirez, LF
  8. Gomez, CF
  9. Treanor, C


  1. Lastings Milledge, CF
  2. Nick Johnson, 1B
  3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
  4. Elijah Dukes, LF
  5. Austin Kearns, RF
  6. Javier Valentin, C
  7. Wily Mo Pena, DH
  8. Alex Cintron, 2B
  9. Alberto Gonzalez, SS


great numbers to see put up by Nate..

hopefully he can keep this up and be a serviceable 5th starter so we don’t have to keep porcello up to start the year.

That number five spot in the rotation is just hanging out there, waiting for someone to grab it, and Nate seems to be doing just that. Near as I can tell, it’s been a fair competition. I’d just as soon bring up Porcello at a later date so I hope one of the original three “contestants” does win the job straight out. Nate has an advantage over Miner being lefthanded, plus I still think JL prefers Zach in the pen. Willis at this point is just trying to salvage his career, unfortunately. Too bad. Can you imagine an effective D-Train holding forth at a packed Comerica Park? Talk about a party.
I’ve read so many comments on how to “fix” the WBC that I’m glad it won’t come back for another four years. It’s a cool event but so far is more trouble than it’s worth, at least here in the USA. If it couldn’t even be sold to major TV networks, that says a lot. At any rate, we’ll be getting our guys back as early as Sunday and as late as Tuesday. I don’t want to see another near collision between Granderson and Galarraga on a wet field. What a nightmare that almost was.

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