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Tigers option Bonine to Toledo

The Tigers decided to go a pitcher short in the bullpen for a little while to make room for Aubrey Huff. Detroit optioned Eddie Bonine to Triple-A Toledo. We'll see how they cope.

Bonine called up, Dolsi sent back

Eddie Bonine is headed back to join the Tigers again, having been recalled from Triple-A Toledo. He’ll be there Friday for the start of the homestand. Freddy Dolsi was optioned back to the Mud Hens.

As long as Armando Galarraga is fine, Bonine will pitch out of the bullpen, as he did as the start of the season. That isn’t certain yet, and if Galarraga is still iffy for Sunday, it could get tricky for the Tigers. If they have to use Bonine on Friday, though, they could still go to Miner on Sunday if need be.

Reliever swap

By now, you probably know that Freddy Dolsi was optioned to Toledo between games to make room for Eddie Bonine, who was called up to start the nightcap of the doubleheader. Bonine was optioned back to Toledo after the game as planned. Casey Fien, who was closing in Toledo, is coming back up.

Fien got off to a rough start with the Mud Hens this season, but did a very good job of learning on the job and not only throwing strikes, but locating them. He’s 2-1 with a 3.61 ERA and 51 strikeouts over 47 innings for the year. In his last 10 games, however, he allowed just two earned runs on seven hits over 15 1/3 innings, walking three and fanning 19.

By rule, Dolsi has to stay down for 10 days before he can be recalled, unless he’s replacing an injured player. In this case, though, I’m not sure it’s going to matter. If Fien pitches to his capabilities, he could be a useful extra reliever in Detroit.

Bonine to start Game 2 Friday

The Tigers will call up Eddie Bonine from Triple-A Toledo to make the spot start in the second game of Friday’s day-night doubleheader against the White Sox. He was the one candidate who stood out among the Tigers’ options at Triple-A Toledo and Double-A Erie, and he was on schedule to start for the Mud Hens on Friday. Most likely, the roster move will come between games Friday.

In case you missed it, here’s the story from Monday on how Bonine has gotten back to pitching after his mom lost her battle with breast cancer last month.

Good sign for Bonine

Sorry for no post yesterday. Needless to say, it was a crazy day.

Back to action today with news on reliever Eddie Bonine, who is now set to make the start for the Tigers in their Spring Training finale Thursday against the Blue Jays (Edwin Jackson is starting a Minor League game that day). Jim Leyland wants him pitching no more than two innings that day. While Leyland hasn’t said anything about whether he’s on or off the roster, this should be a good sign for his chances. He’s written down to pitch on the day the Tigers break camp, and he isn’t being stretched out for any return to starting duty in Toledo.

Leyland has been effusive in his praise for Bonine the last couple days, particularly as a reliever. The manager called him a “totally different pitcher” out of the bullpen compared to starting, in large part because he throws harder in shorter work. He has also made better use of the knuckler he threw at times last year. And a harder-throwing Bonine with a knuckler (actually two now, a harder version and a slower one) has a chance to be a pretty effective middle to long reliever, possibly in a big role if Zach Miner is summoned to the rotation.

Other news …

  • Nate Robertson is now set to pitch Tuesday against the Nationals after Rick Porcello’s outing is done. That puts two of the primary starting candidates pitching on the same day. “Hopefully it’ll take up most of the game,” Leyland said of their innings.
  • Still no word on when Zach Miner will pitch again. 
  • Leyland reiterated that his preference would be to have Armando Galarraga pitch the home opener April 10. “But I’m not sure if that’s going to work out,” Leyland said.

Miner to start on Monday, Guillen away

Bonine will be sent to Toledo to start there on Monday. As recently as this afternoon, Miner was scheduled to start for the Hens on Monday until the Tigers made the change. Leyland didn’t want to go into details.

In other news, Carlos Guillen is not available tonight. He’s back in Detroit, where his wife underwent surgery to take care of complications she was suffering after giving birth to their daughter a week and a half ago. Supposedly the surgery went well, thank goodness.

TIGERS (47-47)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Thames, LF
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Sheffield, DH
  7. Rodriguez, C
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Inge, 3B

ORIOLES (45-48)

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Adam Jones, CF
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Aubrey Huff, DH
  5. Kevin Millar, 1B
  6. Melvin Mora, 3B
  7. Ramon Hernandez, C
  8. Jay Payton, LF
  9. Brandon Fahey, SS

Bonine's injury

Sorry the posts haven’t been regular the last few days. Things have been hectic here in NY, and as long as I was here, I wanted to fit in a run in Central Park. That was yesterday. Today, it’s all work, including a media session this morning with many of the Hall of Famers in attendance for the ceremonies here, which was pretty cool.

To update you on Eddie Bonine, he left his start for Double-A Erie Monday after taking a drive off of his shin. Supposedly he could’ve pitched on, but they took him out as a precaution. He’s heading back to Toledo, where he’s renting, and awaiting his marching orders. Unless something changes all of a sudden, he’s expected to start for the Tigers next Monday at Kansas City.

Bonine set for Saturday

Pointing to Bonine’s record over the last two years, Leyland said, “If you can’t give a guy like that a chance, who are you going to give a chance to?”

That’s part of a pretty busy morning. Vance Wilson revealed that when he felt his elbow flare up last week, which he thought was some torn scar tissue, he actually tore the ligament in his elbow again. He’ll undergo another surgery, probably next week, and will start the process all over again.

Joel Zumaya, meanwhile, was back in the Tigers clubhouse today on a visit. He said his rough second inning Wednesday night was partly the result of trying some different grips and getting himself out of sorts. He’s very hopeful that he can be back in time for the series in San Diego, his hometown. Look for a story on the site later today.

TIGERS (28-37)

  1. Renteria, SS
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, DH
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Thames, LF
  7. Rodriguez, C
  8. Clevlen, CF
  9. Raburn, RF

WHITE SOX (37-28)

  1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  2. Brian Anderson, CF
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Paul Konerko, DH
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. Joe Crede, 3B
  7. Nick Swisher, 1B
  8. Alexei Ramirez, 2B
  9. Toby Hall, C