Bonderman shut down, visits Dr. Andrews

The Tigers have shut down Jeremy Bonderman not just from pitching, but from throwing, until they can rid of a new soreness in his throwing shoulder.

The soreness popped up after his outing Monday against the White Sox, and it was concerning enough that the Tigers sent him to visit Dr. James Andrews this morning in Pensacola, Fla. His arthrogram and MRI showed nothing that would warrant surgery, according to Dr. Andrews, but what head athletic trainer Kevin Rand called “normal wear and tear.”

Basically, Rand said, whenever Bonderman tries to get extension on his arm, including reaching for more velocity, the arm starts to bark. It also happens after he starts to get tired.

“If it hadn’t happened after this start,” Rand said, “it would’ve happened one or two starts from now.”

So what next? Bonderman will fly to Pittsburgh this weekend and meet back up with the trainers so that they can get a training plan for him. He might also travel with the team to St. Louis next week. But he’s not doing anything extensive until they can get rid of the soreness in his shoulder.


Oh, man, this sounds pretty bad. I feel terrible for the guy. I really hope he can work through this — even if it means he won’t contribute this year. Thanks for the update, JB.

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