March 28th, 2009

Leyland: Bonderman "highly unlikely" for start of season

Add Jeremy Bonderman to the list of Tigers pitchers who likely won’t be available at the start of the season. Given where his arm strength is and where it needs to be, manager Jim Leyland said, the Tigers aren’t expecting him to be ready when the season begins in nine days.

“I would tell you today that, in my own personal opinion, it’s highly unlikely that he will be ready for the season to start,” manager Jim Leyland said.

He did not, however, assess the chances of Bonderman opening the season on the disabled list, and he said he still had no decision on when Armando Galarraga would start.