May 26th, 2009
Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman gave up three runs, two earned (corrected totals), over six innings Tuesday night in his second rehab start for Triple-A Toledo.
Bonderman, who began the season on the disabled list with shoulder soreness stemming from last summer’s surgery to correct a blood vessel restriction, had runners on base in every inning thanks to seven hits and three walks against Norfolk. He escaped further damage by stranding seven runners on base, including at least one in all but one of his innings.
The only inning in which he didn’t strand a runner was his last. Brandon Pinckney took him deep to left in the sixth for a solo homer, Pinckney’s first home run on the season. The only other extra-base hit off Bonderman was a Justin Turner double.
Bonderman’s unearned run came about in the second inning thanks to a Robby Hammock drive to deep center fielder that Jason Tyner dropped for a three-base error, setting up a Melvin Dorta RBI single.
Bonderman threw 60 of his 97 pitches for strikes. He struck out four batters.
Bonderman is currently a week and a half into his rehab assignment, which began May 16 at Class A West Michigan. He can continue pitching in the Minors for a 30-day stint, which would take him to June 15 before the Tigers would have to make a decision on whether to call him up to Detroit.
So far, the club hasn’t announced any plans for what’s next with the 26-year-old right-hander, but he’ll most likely remain in Toledo and make another rehab start Sunday. Speculation had centered on Bonderman possibly cracking the Tigers rotation soon, that mainly came from Bonderman’s initial statements that he might only need one or two starts before he’s ready to return.
“You guys have as much of an idea as I do,” Bonderman told reporters in Toledo after the game.
Bonderman leveled out at 88 mph on his fastball with a top velocity of 90. That still isn’t back to his old speeds, but it might be forcing him to work with what he has for now.
“The first two innings, I was a little frustrated with the way I was throwing,” Bonderman told reporters. “After the second, I settled down and just tried to use what I have better. My velocity be there when it’s there. I can’t control that. I’m just going to go out, try to pitch and be successful.”
The results are in on the MRI on Carlos Guillen’s ailing right shoulder, and no structural damage was found, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. Guillen visited specialist Dr. David Altchek in New York for a second opinion last Friday.
So for now, the Tigers medical staff is going to keep working with Guillen to try to get the pain out of his shoulder, and he won’t start doing baseball activities until he’s pain-free.
The Tigers radio network will be working without play-by-play man Dan Dickerson at least for tonight and very possibly the rest of the week after he was injured while jogging today.
Dickerson was taken to a local hospital, where he was expected to get an MRI on both knees. He has been advised to rest, and it appears likely he’ll have to return home rather than accompany the Tigers to Baltimore. The main injury occurred on the left knee.
The plan for tonight is for FSN Detroit anchor/host John Keating to cross over after the FSN pregame show and join Jim Price for the game broadcast. Not sure what will happen after that.