Bonderman to make another rehab start

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.

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With the current rotation pitching so well, there is no hurry to get Bondo back. Let him heal and get him back when he is really ready.

I love these great defensive plays in the outfield. Really makes for a totally different ball club.
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And Santiago just continues on…….

-Tracey

So right Tracy. Seems we have had more home plate outs from the outfield the past six weeks than for the past two years.
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Good to see Polly get the RBI. I would have been tempted tonight to play Ramon at 2nd with Everett SS.

Those high rush defensive plays then become a huge lift for Porcello and a 7 pitch innings follows.

He’s not as entertaining as Rod- but it is interesting to hear Dan Petry’s perspective.

The only way to get Ramon out today is a bad call on a 3rd strike…….

Jason was unable to exorcise a few demons today. Can we make it pay??

I know you want your defense in there but heck–what about Ordonez for Anderson with runners on and 2 out against a LHP?
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JL and his infinite wisdom.

Being one of the leagues best setup men doesn’t make you a closer. Zoom had no walks before tonight and is 3 saves from 17 career attempts wiith 0 from 1 in 2009. Hopefully not about to be 0 for 2 with the homer.

Zumaya also got robbed of a strike out before the last base hit. That pitch was clearly a strike, and caught the batter and ump unprepared.
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Tense win but another good one for the team. Hopefully some people learned some things.

I’ll sneak in here during the intermission in Chicago.
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There’s no overstating the importance of good defense. Two runners thrown out at home. That sparkling play by Inge was on the leadoff hitter so that inning never even got started for them. Having an errorless game doesn’t even tell the half of it. Then you’ve got just enough timely hits, a good takeout slide by Larish, and heads up baserunning by Laird, and it all adds up to a good win.
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Tonight’s appearance by Perry is what I was looking for in the Texas series. He may be erratic but he’s awfully tough to hit. And no, I didn’t think Santiago should bunt in that 1st and 3rd situation. :-) Sometimes he looks like he’d win a batting title if he played full time. Maybe he’d wear down, but we’ll never know. Awfully smart hitter.
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Zumaya is making too much of the closer’s role. I think the 8th inning situations with men on base are tougher, but that’s just me. Zoom won’t be a closer until he masters the mental aspects of it.
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I enjoyed Dan Petry tonight, it’s been awhile. He brings excellent insights into pitching.
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–Rich

My question is…what happens with the starting rotation when Bondo comes back?

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Another question. What happens to Anderson when Guillen comes back? Could Guillen’s time be over? Platoon situation at the least?

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What do you guys think?

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Ty
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http://tyschwamberger.wordpress.com

Well, Ty……as M.C. Hammer put it: “can’t touch that”

I think the pitching situation will work itself out. It usually does. At the beginning at least, we’ll need an extra starter.
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The position situation is more intriguing. It seems that the old is clashing with the new. Logically, you’d think Guillen will just replace Raburn on the roster, but then there’s the matter of Marcus Thames. And we’re winning with Clete Thomas. What happens to Jeff Larish? It looks to me like a situation where someone, both players and fans, will be unhappy at the solution, no matter what they do.
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This reminds me somewhat of 1968. Al Kaline, Mr. Tiger himself, sustained an injury in May that shelved him for awhile. In his absence, the outfield of Horton, Stanley and Northrup led the Tigers on a tear. When Kaline returned, he actually ended up getting some starts at firstbase.
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–Rich

I think it is more likely Raburn that goes. Anderson has tailed off some and they will give Guillen every chance and more to become the “Guillen of Old”. I’m afraid they are only going to get an “Old Guillen” though. The organization is strangley progressive and staid at the same time. They sometimes let reputation and loyalty hang around just a little bit too long. When they realized Carlos would not be able to handle short any longer they bought into a dream that he would be better than average somewhere else. When 1st failed, and then 3rd failed the dream shifted to left-field and then DH. Carlos is a good ballplayer and a wonderful guy but his days are pretty much done. Father Time and the Injury Bug have conspired against him.
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I would like to see him come back strong but hold no illusions of the likelihood that will really happen. The problem with trying to force the issue with guys alike him, Sheffield, and Ordonez is that you block the development of your farm system. If he comes back the only place I can see him is at DH and if he does not contribute solidly (and with powere numbers) there they have to make a decision with him. Guys like Larish, Thomas, Anderson and Ramirez need a place to play.
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Leyland is pbrobably getting pretty concerned over upcoming personnel decisions. The 3rd (or is it the 4th) outfielder, the starting staff with Bonderman returning and Willis showing signs of possibility. I don’t envy him on these decisions.
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Specifically to Anderson, somehow I don’t think he is going to stick here. I love his speed and his grit but it doesn’t seem like he is going to hit well enough to be a regular. The LHB of Larish and Thomas could make him expendable.
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In the meantime, a more important issue is needing to be addressed. How do we get Curtis Granderson going? He is really struggling at the plate and just not hitting the ball with the authority he has shown the last couple of years. I think it would be fantastic if he could hit to left-field more. So much seems to be hit right at the RF, 1B or 2B. I think he might be getting down himself and that is awful to see. He is such a good kid. When JL rejigged the lineup I was hoping it might refresh Curtis, but that idea didn’t last long. Any game tht JL has started Anderson could have been a game where they could have given Curtis the opportunity to hit in the middle of the lineup. I hate to say it, but it almost looks like he needs some time off.
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Everett has been a pleasant surprise offensively. JL has been extremely fortunate to get the production he has from that position so far. He, Ramon and Inge have offset some of the (expected) damage that has not been provided by Curtis, Polanco and Ordonez.
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Laird is solid. A good team player, a good catcher, smart on the basepaths and pereverant even in the misdt of a horrific slump. While he won’t put up gaudy numbers offensively like some other catchers I think we are lucky to have him.
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Inge is playing good ball. I am kinda waiting for the shoe to drop but he keeps surprising me.
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Polanco is starting to get his average up but something isn’t clicking this year for him. Again this year he displayed long ball power in spring training then the lack of it when the season started. I’d like to see the occasional fly ball drop into the 2nd row of seats down the LF line and I’d like to see those doubles in the gap again.
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As to the pitching–and there have been numerous performances to rave about to date–all I can say is to sum it up by saying “Thank You, Rick Knapp”

40 games in and it has been a long time since we were sitting at 60%. The Kids keep showing management how you win games bringing energy to the dugout and excitement plus to the fans.
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Ramon is now hitting .361 and .391 OBP with .4 and .434 OBP against RHP. At home, his 25 AB’s have produced an incredible 10 RBI’s for .52, .556 OBP and .92 slugging. And he keeps coming in at 9???. His 19 RBI’s have come from only 61 AB’s.
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A very nice surprise has been Everett who after his obviously nervous early starts, has settled down and become part of an infield fortress with Inge, Polly and Ramon. He is now hitting .311 (.383 for May) with .344 OBP and with Miggs is the only offense hitting over .3 against all pitching. His 90 AB’s have produced a very creditable 16 RBI’s.
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Polly 155 AB’s is the Tigers second highest producing .271, .317 OBP and 17 RBI’s. He has been ineffective against RHP (.23 / .304 OBP) compared to LHP (.345). It is crazy that he has had more AB’s than Everett and Ramon combined and must be included with them in sharing starts based on pitching type.
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The bullpen continues to be a work in progress. Whilst they have been delivering bottom line results through May, management must make changes as the ride has been far more rocky than necessary.
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Seay started the season on fire with a zero ERA for April and providing late innings work with 7 holds. He has unraveled in May blowing two saves and hammered for a 13.5 ERA. RHB this season have gone 11.25 ERA and JL now rightly appears to be confining him to the lefty specialist role with a 2.25 ERA.
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I don’t understand JL’s use of Lyon as a specialist opposite Seay as he is also getting clubbed by RHB’s with a 10.24 ERA compared to 2.45 against LHB’s. He has to be confined to low worth situations until he shows some sustained form which will require strong willpower particularly at home.
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JL has to work out a role for Nate who with only 10 IP looked to be confined to the dog house. Nate has improved in May with a 2.25 ERA from 4IP and is still surprisingly yet to give up a long ball. He offers more LH flexibillty than Seay and I would try him in a close game middle innings role he was giving Perry before last night where you might need to cover the 6th and possibly 7th innings.
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Rodney has been a major surprise in his closing abilities and whilst rocky at times, has come through. He has improved his ERA markedly during May to 3.5 overall (1.8 for May) after being 5.63 for April. Rodney is also the only reliever effective against all batters with a 3.38 ERA for LH and 3.68 ERA for RHB’s. He should never be wasted at this stage outside save situations.
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Zoom’s “butterflies” last night are not new. Despite always being a great setup man, he continues to struggle in the closer role going 1 save from 6 attempts in 2006, 1 of 5 in 2007, 1 of 5 in 2008 with thankfully a 3 run lead last night enough for a save putting him 1 from 2 for 2009. JL should give up the love affair with Zoom as closer, at least for this year. He should only pitch the 8th innings of tight games.
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Prior to Zoom’s return, Perry with Lyon and Seay were all providing late innings setup roles and finishing non save games. JL has been forced by DD to change Perry’s role to aid his development by pitching multiple innings. Accordingly, he was moved from the shared setup role to an early relief role.
Perry has been fantastic, even early April when the occasion almost got the better of him yet he still earned 3 holds. JL has to make more use of his 2.45 ERA (zero against RHB’s!!) with his 1.69 ERA for May only bettered by Porcello’s 1.13 and JV’s 1.27. I am pleased JL last night changed his role to multiple late innings enabling him to get his first hold for May. The time has come to see if he is up to closing out a game when Rodney is not available.
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Porcello has been exceptional and with JV must be on target to winning a May pitching award. His 45.2 IP puts him on track to throw over 180 regular season innings which for a 20 yo is at least 30 innings too many for my liking. Assuming we are in the hunt, he would make a tremendous inclusion to the bullpen beginning September.

Big day for Galarraga Sunday, and for Willis in his next start.
Jobs are on the line. Please, no more “piggyback starts”, Jimbo.
That feels too much like the scene from “Deliverance” in the woods. Not good.
Anderson is a bench player, and that’s where he’ll go when Guillen returns. Josh is more valuable when his speed can be strategically inserted in the late innings, rather than hoping he gets on one in four AB’s, when we may need him to run or not. Either Thomas or Larish will be sent down when Carlos comes back, and they’ve both shown some good stuff in the majors, IMO. I give the edge to Cletus, because he does more things than Larish. I think we’ll see Carlos DH’ing quite a bit. Raburn should be sent down when Thames returns. Nobody in that group can produce like Thames against LHP’s.

Okay, back from a day hike in the mountains. Beautiful day.
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Barring injuries, the logical decisions in my mind would be Thames replaces Raburn and Guillen replaces Larish. Basically a leftfielder for a leftfielder and a DH for a DH. I don’t see any room in the outfield for Carlos, but he makes a good LH DH, and DHing is pretty much what Larish has done. This would leave Thomas in the outfield mix that can be rotated, with Anderson as a pinch runner and spot starter in the outfield.
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It’s too bad we have to share shortstop with Everett and Santiago, but it’s working. Razor can give Polanco a blow but I’d be very hesitant to send out too many lineups that didn’t include Polly at secondbase.
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One big question is whether JL wants to go with an extra pitcher during the first two weeks of June.
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–Rich

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