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Suspensions and fines just came down from Thursday’s hijinks between the Twins and Tigers, and the only suspensions are on the Tigers side. Jeremy Bonderman received three games, which he immediately decided to appeal. Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, who was acting manager when Bonderman hit Delmon Young with a ninth-inning pitch, was suspended one game, even though he wasn’t thrown out of the game. He can’t appeal, so he’s out for tonight’s game. Bonderman was fined $1500, McClendon $1000, and manager Jim Leyland (ejected earlier in the game) and catcher Gerald Laird (ejected along with Bonderman) were fined $500 each.
Jose Mijares, whom the Twins and Tigers blamed for escalating matters when he threw behind Adam Everett in the eighth, was fined but not suspended.
Former Tiger Bobby Higginson was not at the park and was neither fined nor suspended.
Manager Jim Leyland sent Jeremy Bonderman out for the ninth inning with the idea of getting him some much-needed work to try to work on some things in a low-pressure setting. Three batters and a pair of one-out walks later, Bonderman was gone, replaced by lefty Fu-Te Ni to face left-handed hitter Travis Hafner.
Leyland said after the game that he wasn’t trying to send Bonderman a message about commanding the strike zone. Rather, he was trying to avoid a big hit from Hafner spurring a late rally.
ST. PETERSBURG — By winning the first two games of this series, the Tigers moved to 4-2 against the Rays this season, which guarantees they’d win a season series against them for the first time since 2006.
Tigers pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson will begin their Minor League rehab assignments at Triple-A Toledo Tuesday night.
Robertson is scheduled to throw two or three innings, or about 40 pitches. Bonderman will follow with one inning, or about 25 pitches. With that, they’ll begin what is expected to be a lengthy rehab process to build up their arms before they rejoin the Tigers for late-season call-ups in the bullpen.
Robertson said Friday, after both of them threw in a simulated game, that the goal was to be ready at the end of August, right around the time active rosters expand from 25 players to up to 40. But given manager Jim Leyland’s reaction, that shouldn’t be taken to mean that they’ll be shuffled off to the back of the bullpen for token work.
“I think there’s a strong possibility,” Leyland said, “that both of them, in some way shape or form, at some point, for the rest of the season could be very important for us. But they have to get back to pitching shape. I want them to be pumped up. I think they’re both pumped up right now. I think that’s a wonderful thing. But you still have to go out and do it and get back into a routine.”
That will be the focus for them. While they’ll be groomed for relief roles when they get to Detroit, the Tigers still want to stretch them out and make sure their arms are strong enough to handle the workload. That proved to be a problem with Bonderman when he tried to come back earlier this year, culminating in a rough outing against the White Sox in early June.
So far, that has been Bonderman’s lone outing as a Tiger this year. He missed the start of the season with lingering shoulder problems after last summer’s surgery to correct a circulatory problem.
Robertson opened the season in the bullpen, but eventually complained of elbow trouble in June. He had surgery about five weeks ago to remove four tissue masses from the elbow area, where they were believed to be interfering with a nerve and restricting his throwing motion.
Unless they’re unusually sore in their arms tomorrow, both Nate Robertson and Jeremy Bonderman are on track to begin Minor League rehab assignments next week after they pitched in a simulated game Friday afternoon at Cleveland.
Robertson threw 45 pitches, or the equivalent of about three innings, to a group of Tigers hitters that included Ramon Santiago, Ryan Raburn, Clete Thomas and Dusty Ryan. Once again, he noticed a little more bite in his pitches, the product of an elbow free of the tissue masses that were moved during surgery last month.
“It’s what the hitters see,” Robertson said, “and [Thomas] said he had a tough time picking up the rotation on my slider, which is good. It gives you more deception. The ball was moving pretty good, too, for the most part. I got jumpy on a couple pitches, but when I got the ball out front, it had the movement and the rotation that I want.”
Bonderman threw about 35 pitches over two innings, all out of the stretch in preparation for the relief role he’ll have if he comes back to pitch this season. He said his arm is feeling “a lot better than it did” in his previous rehab work earlier this season, enough that he feels confident he can get back and contribute this year.
“I feel pretty certain that I’ll be all right this time,” he said. “We’ll see.”
When team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski was asked what he expects out of their situations, he was guardedly optimistic.
“Do I expect them [to come back]? I can’t tell you that I expect them,” Dombrowski said. “Am I hopeful? Yes.”
A couple key points to note are that Robertson would pitch as a starter in rehab, and that it won’t be a quick sasignment. Robertson said the goal is to be ready at the end of August, which would point toward a September call-up when rosters expand.
While Bonderman will pitch in relief, that doesn’t mean anything for his future use beyond this year.
“Next year, we would project him as a starter,” Dombrowski said. “We just think [this works now] strengthwise in his arm as much as the ability to build him up. There’s been an indication, just because of everything he’s been through, after he throws 25-30 pitches, his stuff falls off.”
The Tigers are looking at a late-season piece to bolster their bullpen. Turns out it’s Jeremy Bonderman.
It wasn’t long ago that Bonderman’s shoulder problems created serious doubts whether he could pitch again this season in the Tigers rotation. But the last few weeks, his progress has come quickly. He threw another mound session Thursday, his third, and he has another one scheduled for Saturday. No word yet on what the next step would be, but a rehab stint certainly doesn’t seem far off.
“There’s a possibility,” president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “And I think the possibility is more out of the bullpen than starting.”
It isn’t a permanent move, but it would be for the rest of the season. The idea, Bonderman said, would be to limit him to around 35 pitches. When Bonderman was out on his rehab assignment in May, it was when he began extending his pitch limits during his starts that his shoulder started feeling sore again.
Bonderman’s fine with that. He said he’s willing to do whatever to help the team. It’s also clear that he badly wants to pitch again as soon as possible.
The Tigers are also sounding an upbeat tone on Joel Zumaya, who is seeing how his arm responds after cortisone shots Monday in his ailing shoulder.
“If you asked today, they think he’ll be able to pitch relatively soon,” Dombrowski said.
Add those two situations together, and it looks like the Tigers will have bullpen help without turning to the trade market. Dombrowski didn’t erase the possibility of adding a reliever, but he also didn’t make it sound like a pressing need.
Joel Zumaya, according to manager Jim Leyland, “doesn’t feel very good,” not a good sign after he injured his shoulder four days ago. He didn’t want to get into specifics other than the fact that the shoulder is still hurting. MRI results didn’t show anything structurally different with it compared to last time, but this is also a shoulder that hasn’t been completely healthy since last year. When he pitched through it this year, he did it with a stress fracture that doctors compared to what many NFL quarterbacks go through. At some point, Leyland said, they’re going to have to figure out how to get the shoulder right.
Nate Robertson said he made close to 100 throws from 120 feet on flat ground Tuesday, three weeks after he underwent surgery to remove four masses of tissue from his left elbow. He’s on track to start pitching off a mound soon, which would seemingly set him up for a rehab stint in August. The big test Robertson wants to feel is how his arm responds unrestricted once he starts pitching off a mound in side sessions.
“The big thing,” Robertson said, “will be building it back up and seeing how much [surgery] freed it up.”
Jeremy Bonderman, meanwhile, threw a 5-minute side session Tuesday and felt fine.
“I know it feels better,” Bonderman said of his arm. “Velocity, I have no idea, but it feels a lot better, a lot freer. Hopefully the third time’s the charm.”
Jeremy Bonderman was back with the Tigers in Pittsburgh on Saturday, but it won’t be for long. He’s scheduled to fly back to Detroit on Sunday and start his rehab work again with a therapist. From there, it’s looking like a long process, and Bonderman sees it.
“It’s probably not going to be within the next month, but I’m hoping before September,” Bonderman said of a possible return. “My goal is before September. I know it’s going to be a long process.
“It just hasn’t been everything I expected. It’s tough. It’s been a tough year.”
It wasn’t expected to be nearly this tough. He faced a difficult offseason rehab process after surgery in June to correct a restricted blood vessel in his right shoulder, but remember, there was at least some hope going into spring training that he might be ready in time for Opening Day.
But the surgery has taken more of a toll on his shoulder than most anyone could’ve expected, including some nerve problems, and he can’t get that strength back to pitch at a Major League level.
“From what Dr. Andrews said, I still have a long way to go,” Bonderman said. “I’ll just start working with a rehab guy in Detroit — for how long, I don’t know — and go from there.”
He’s prepared for the possibility that even September might not be long enough, or that the Tigers will play it on the safe side.
“I just want to get back — if it’s not this year, then at least get to where I feel comfortable going into next Spring Training,” Bonderman said. “I plan on being back, but wherever things go this year, I don’t know. I don’t want to put a timetable on it, because when I came back this time, I wasn’t ready. I’m not going to come back and hurt the team. When I come back next time, it’ll be to stay.”
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.
The Tigers have placed Jeremy Bonderman on the 15-day disabled list Friday retroactive to June 9, for continued rehabilitation from thoracic outlet compression syndrome. Ryan Perry is indeed coming up from Triple-A Toledo.