Bonderman: I'm maybe one, two starts away

Jeremy Bonderman stopped in Detroit Friday ahead of his first rehab start Saturday night. The way he feels, he hopes it won’t be long before he’s back for good.

“I’m not too far away,” Bonderman said Friday. “I’m maybe one, two starts away.”

Bonderman said his shoulder is feeling fine after some deep, lingering soreness hampered his progress for the better part of a month. He’s starting for Class A West Michigan Saturday night because the Whitecaps are home and Triple-A Toledo will not be, but he should move up quickly from there.

“My arm feels great,” he said. “No pain, no nothing.”

His velocity, he said, was around 91 mph, and he’s been stretched out to 87 pitches in his last outing at extended spring training.

The Tigers aren’t saying any timetable for Bonderman. That part is understandable, because for all Bonderman’s progress, he’s still coming off major surgery for the blood clot in his shoulder that sidelined him from last June through the end of the season. Plus, whenever Bonderman’s ready, the Tigers have to figure out how to make room for him.

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Thanks for the update on Bonderman, Beck. I really hope he returns healthy. An effective Bonderman would be a major boost. But who would they send down, Willis? Or Porcello? Maybe Willis’s next two starts will determine that.

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