May 22nd, 2009
Jeremy Bonderman will make another rehab start for Triple-A Toledo, this time at home Tuesday night. As mentioned last night, he took a shutout into the sixth inning Thursday at Gwinnett before giving up a five-spot in the sixth.
Manager Jim Leyland cited the reports that had Bonderman’s fastball ranging from 89-92 mph, another step up for him.
“The report was that he kind of ran out of gas,” Leyland said. “He didn’t necessarily feel that way, but he maybe kind of hit a wall. But up to that point, he was pretty good. He threw some pitches at 92, so I think it was a very positive outing for him.”
Bonderman apparently is still pain-free today after the outing.
“That’s a good sign,” Leyland said. “Hopefully his arm is being built back up to where he wants to get it and where we’d like to see it.”
Also feeling pain-free today, along those lines, is Edwin Jackson after his 132 pitches Thursday afternoon. He said just before going out for batting practice Friday that his arm felt as good as normal.
Jackson did not ice his arm after the outing. But as it turns out, he doesn’t ice his arm at all, hasn’t in a few years.
“I will if it hurts,” Jackson said, “but I probably haven’t iced in three or four years. I used to ice when I was younger because I thought we had to. Everybody would go and ice. But I asked the trainers one day, ‘If my arm doesn’t hurt, do I need to ice?’ They said, ‘Not really.’ So ever since then, I really haven’t iced unless I think I need to.”
On the bullpen side, Fernando Rodney is not available today after pitching all three games against Texas. Joel Zumaya would likely close if the situation arises.
Magglio Ordonez was back in uniform for the Tigers as expected on Friday, but he was not in the starting lineup after four days off. Manager Jim Leyland had Clete Thomas in right field instead along with Jeff Larish at designated hitter and Ramon Santiago at shortstop, as he tried to load up the lineup with left-handed hitters. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez is giving up a .308 average and .874 OPS to left-handed batters, compared with .207 and .530 against right-handed hitters.
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Thomas, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Larish, DH
- Inge, 3B
- Anderson, LF
- Laird, C
- Santiago, SS
P: Rick Porcello
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Troy Tulowitzski, SS
- Todd Helton, 1B
- Brad Hawpe, RF
- Ryan Spilborghs, LF
- Seth Smith, DH
- Chris Iannetta, C
- Garrett Atkins, 3B
- Clint Barmes, 2B
P: Ubaldo Jimenez
The Tigers’ next series at Chicago will now be a five-game, four-day series against the White Sox. They’ll make up their rainout from a few weeks ago on Monday, June 8 with a day-night doubleheader. First game is at 2:05 p.m. ET, with the night game at 8:11. It’ll be interesting to see how they work in a starting pitcher for that game, since it’s right in the middle of a two-week stretch without an off-day.
We’ll wait and see what the reports say, but the numbers showed a decent night for Jeremy Bonderman that turned into a rough ending in his rehab start for Triple-A Toledo Thursday at Gwinnett. He took a two-hit shutout and a duel with Braves uber-prospect Tommy Hanson into the sixth before Gwinnett put up a five-spot on Bonderman in the sixth with three doubles, a single, a walk and a home run.
The totals: Bonderman gave up five runs on seven hits, five of them for extra bases, over six innings with two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 62 of his 98 pitches for strikes. Again, we’ll wait and see, especially on his velocity, but one would think he might need some time.