Bonderman update: 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER for Toledo

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.”

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Quite the lovefest for Mr. Greinke tonight. Unfortunately, a lot of it came from our own announcers. Rod Allen overdid it, and left me wondering what he would have said if he’d seen Sandy Koufax.
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The bunt by Hernandez changed the game, as bunts can do. Too bad we have a manager who doesn’t believe in the play. He will quite predictably start runners in motion but that’s about it. After Inge’s leadoff single would have been a good time for Thomas to lay one down. When you’re facing this season’s Greatest Pitcher Of All Time, you have to do the little things to scratch out runs.
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We have a huge hole in the fifth spot of the lineup. Larish is in over his head and it doesn’t appear Guillen will be back (and productive) anytime soon. I know this will sound like more Josh Anderson bandwagon stuff, but in a matchup like tonight, I’d rather see him over Larish. Heck, you could even use Santiago. We’ve dropped 3 of 4 now, purely from lack of offense.
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Saw your spot on the pregame, Jason, and we’re on board with your selection of PNC Park. We also like Tom Gage’s choice, Camden Yards, and Jim Price’s Fenway Park. I can only wish I’d ever been to Wrigley Field. Someday. Citizen’s Bank in Philly is a fun ballpark, but much too small dimension-wise. You’ll like the new National’s park, with it’s view of the US Capitol and the cherry trees in leftfield.
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Here’s hoping Dan Dickerson mends quickly. I can tell you, knee injuries are no fun. Finished my playing days.
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–Rich

lol thats for sure rich. a car accident blew out my knee and swiftly ended my snowboarding/scateboarding/hackey sack career :).
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had a feeling the tigers would lose this game tonight though. grinch is firing on all cylanders and doesn’t look to slowdown anytime soon. hopefully down the stretch he’ll fall apart. i don’t think KC has a legit shot at the central relying solely on the grinch though….
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that being said, i think KC has the best team they’ve had probably since the Brett days..
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lots of baseball still to be played. i’m kinda hoping at the end of the season or at the deadline the tigers move Guillen, as i think he is done. too injury prone too often, and will handcuff the lineup if he can’t comeback and produce (IE: sheffield). also would like to see maggs moved by the deadline… to who, IDK.. and for what? probably a middle /late reliever that is worth his contract…. but maggs is also becoming a liability with his contract and his 2006 walk off homer off oakland being still ‘fresh’ in fans memories (much like gibby’s homer is still talked about by dodger fans here in LA)….
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*shrug*
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mike

oh sorry for all the gross and abundant use of mispelled words :)

It kills me when the Tigers lose games because of errors. That throwing error by Jackson just killed his momentum and led to a big inning and higher pitch count. But Greinke was pretty dominant. It wouldn’t surprise me if he and Verlander finish 1-2 in the Cy Young voting, the way they’re pitching. Have to give him some credit.
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I hear you re: Guillen and Ordonez, deadhead. Guillen is probably done, sad to say. But I’m still not clear on the Ordonez contract. I know that if he plays enough games as a Tiger this year, then his contract next year becomes guaranteed at $18M. But what if he’s traded? If he gets traded and still accumulates enough plate appearances to vest the contract, would the acquiring team be on the hook for the $18M in 2010? Because if so, I doubt any team would want to make that trade. And if they can’t trade Ordonez, they might as well play him. He’s a heck of a lot more trustworthy than any other option. I mean, Larish and Thomas are on an express elevator to mediocrity, going down. It’s an interesting situation, though. I don’t think the Tigers can win the division without Maggs — this year. But he’s definitely not worth $18M next year or $15M in 2011 (who is, really?). Still, Dombrowski signed off on that contract in 2005; as long as Maggs can play — and the 12 game hitting streak says that he can — then the Tigers should pay.

When your leading one nil in a pitching dogfight, I would have got even Maggs to bunt over Polly in the 4th. Clete for Inge in the 5th was a downright no brainer. Both plays were one on, no out situations and both innings ended with double plays.
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2009 is also the last year before Maggs gets no trade rights for 10 & 11. We can’t win without him and no one would go close to paying his contract in any event.
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JL must be sticking with Larish for his ‘big bat’ and maintain a left/right for now. Waiting for Thames coming back in form is not looking promising with Marcus now 1 from 8 from two games back with Toledo.

The No. 5 spot is looking like the grand canyon in terms of our lineup.
Sheff is currently hitting .291 and .43 OBP from 86 AB’s with 17 RBI’s and 5 HR’s. With RISP, he is .324 with a .468 OBP. Against lefties, .433 with a .528 OBP.
And against his wishes, we didn’t want to play him in the outfield because we were afraid he would get hurt??
Carlos in 6 seasons with the Tigers has played a full season twice.

Well I start out by saying that I don’t think that we can win anything in the log run without Magglio or Carlos (I agree with JL on that). Larish is definately a homerun threat and I don’t think that they will send him down simply because he is a lefty. But he is no Marcus Thames.
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I did not see the first 5 innings of the game. I got home just in time for the debacle. Frankly after that happened we had absolutely no chance of winning that game. Other than keeping the ERA down it didn’t matter if it was 3-1 or 6-1. With Grienke in there is no way. The only chance was winning that game in a shutout. IMO.
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Hopefully they can get to Davies today. Everyone in our division won yesterday so we cannot afford to lose today.

Not to be negative, and it had no impact on a game that we were too far behind in, but I have yet to be on board with Lyons – people just love to tee off on him it seems. 5 homeruns he has given up in 21 innings pitched, 15 earned runs given up – yikes.

Yes Rich – Rod was loving his Zach last night. He surely had our guys buffaloed – let’s get a win today – going to have to keep an eye via internet while “working”.

I would like to see Ordonez hit 5th and Granderson hit 3rd. This lets Granderson benefit from hitting in front of Miggy. And his speed will create problems if he gets on in front of Miggy. I would use Thomas or Anderson as lead off men. When Thames comes back he can hit 5th and move Granderson back to leadoff.

Sure, there’s a viable alternative right there. Getting Leyland to do things like this is like pulling teeth. He comes armed with a mountain of statistics that someone pulled off a computer for him, matchups and such, and bases decisions on this. On Sunday when we let Helton beat us, I thought maybe Willis’s past success with him was the reason. Rod even went so far as to say Dontrelle “owns” him. Well, it turns out Helton had been 1 for 9 vs Willis, not nearly a big enough sample to base anything on. Dave, you’re a stats guy, wouldn’t you agree that you need at least 25 ABs, 25 RECENT ABs, to have anything meaningful? When you see Granderson and Ordonez, both with 30 or more ABs against Greinke and hitting about .150 or below, that’s something you can work with.
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This is one of the reasons I don’t like stats. They rarely tell the entire story, or even part of the story.
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–Rich

I missed the game yesterday. Sounds like it was a frustrating one with some performances that are leading to concern. Jackson, thankfully, is not a concern. But the ongoing plight of Curtis certainly is. Larish is too. I am on record saying that I liie Larish but he is overmatched up here right now. I think it would be best to send him down with the directive that he is not coming back until he dominates AAA pitching. Let him know he is valued and that you have confidence in him and don’t let him think he will go the way of Mike Hessman. He has to get it right and I don’t think he will struggling and playing part time here. From what I have seen he is pretty much going for the fence every time up and the “quietness” of his batting stance is in contrast to the mechanics of his swing which has his head jerikng all over.
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He seems like the likely candidate when Thames comes back. As far as Thames is concerned, I think we can’t expect him to contribute much more than he has shown in the past. He is certainly not a messiah to lead the team out of the power outage and general offensive malaise. He’s a good team player and will pop a few HRs but there will also be some disappointing and untimely strikeouts–overall he should contribute more than Larish has been though.
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In the meantime I think Rich is right about getting Anderson in there instead of Larish. He won’t hit you any long balls, but then again either is Larish. He will add a dimension to the team (if it is used (read “managed”) properly. He changes the dynamics of the offense and JL simply has to employ the bunt game as was previously complained about here. I agree totally with the criticism of this absence of an effective and simple baseball strategy. There are guys who can butna dn should be bunting. Granderson, Thomas, Anderson can all bunt for sacrifices and for hits. Polanco Laird, Santiago, Everet and Inge are all capable bunters as well. The only guy I would not bunt with is MCab and that is simply because there would then be no MCab to hit the advanced runners in. It’s part of the game and as evidenced yesterday, puts pressure on the defense instead of letting them relax comfortably into a DP position.
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They are wasting a roster spot on Dane Sardinha and arguably on Ryan Raburn.
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The jury is still out on Willis and Bonderman is far from a lead-pipe cinch.
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Brandon Lyon is unlikely to help this team other than to eat innings now and then. They could have used Aqulino Lopez to do that.
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While we should be quite happy with the W-L record so far we really need a spark on this time to ignite. Granderson is that spark and he knows it. Everyone knows it. The pressure is mounting and I think that is the one part of Curtis’ game that is undeveloped—confidence. I think he still needs to have some talks with Mr Tiger! I think Curtis is a potential superstar and the obstacle is more in his head than in his abilities.

Yeah, JL needs to use the tools at his disposal. He doesn’t have Guillen or Thames or Sheffield and he shouldn’t manage as if he does. He did a dandy job of skippering on Monday. :-) I realize I get kind of hard on the boss but I’m usually soft on the players. This is a difficult game to play, which is another quote from Captain Obvious.
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If Granderson, or anyone, hit .245 over the two months of say, July and August, it wouldn’t be noticed as much. Oh, it would be noticed, but not as much as starting a year off this way. Factor in the way he dipped at the end of last season and one does get concerned. I think it’s concentration. Earlier this season, he was literally hopping around the batter’s box. A couple of days ago he left the box and walked about 10 feet to recover an errant baseball. This is very polite and what Curtis is all about, but it doesn’t seem to be the thing a guy would do if totally locked into his AB.
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I’ve tried to see the upside of Lyon but it seems that everytime I’m about to post something positive about him, he gives up another bomb. I mean, Kyle Farnsworth in a smaller body. I don’t know, the AL is a tough place to pitch, but it’s hard to believe that he could ever close over here. I don’t think you dump him, but you have to be wary of what role he’s used in. With a one year deal, he probably won’t be back for 2010.
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A quick note on Polanco: even hitting .265, he’s still one of the best secondbasemen in all of baseball.
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Did anyone notice that the Royals don’t make their first visit to Detroit until July 6? What kind of scheduling is this, I mean, these guys are in OUR division!
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Just blabbin’ on a rainy morning.
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–Rich

I see from the other comments that I wasn’t the only person frustrated by last night’s game. I’m still confused as to why Lyon is on the team, much less his perceived role as JL’s pet project. I said way back in spring training that he was a waste of a roster spot. Not to mention the fact that he’s making more than Verlander this year! I just can’t find any positives with him on this team.
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My other frustration was the fact that JL used Larish as the DH last night. He was something like 1 for 5 on Monday with 4 K’s, yet you throw him out there against the best pitcher in the majors this year? What’s up with that? He really looks lost at the plate – completely outmatched. Wouldn’t it have been better to DH Maggs and play Clete in RF and Anderson in LF? If Larish was there simply as a lefty bat, why not use Anderson who has the ability to get an infield hit?
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I also agree with the comment that DD needs to try to deal Maggs and Carlos. Thanks so much for all you’ve done for this organization, but the time has come to get the young guys into everyday roles. After all, I’m sure there’s another washed-up closer out there that DD can trade for and pay way too much!

Now that Greinke is out of the picture I hope the Tigers can get some runs to help Porcello win today. Sure don’t want to give this one to the Royals.

I was also annoyed at how much Rod praised Greinke last night. Geez Rod, enough………we can see he is good.

Granderson, for the time being, needs to move down in the lineup. I’m not convinced he is the match that starts the fire anymore. Could be time for a change and it might take some pressure off of him. I want to see this kid being what we all know he can be. I’ll take Grandy over Grady anyday.

I’m having a hard time with the thought of Maggs & Carlos both being gone. I cringe everytime I read a blog regarding them being traded. That’s my heart speaking, though.

GO TIGERS

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