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Bonderman to make rehab start for West Michigan

Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Saturday with a start for Class A West Michigan.

Bonderman threw a side session Wednesday morning at the Tigers’ spring training facility in Lakeland, Fla., and reported no soreness in his right shoulder. With that, he was cleared to go out on rehab.

Leyland: Bonderman "highly unlikely" for start of season

Add Jeremy Bonderman to the list of Tigers pitchers who likely won’t be available at the start of the season. Given where his arm strength is and where it needs to be, manager Jim Leyland said, the Tigers aren’t expecting him to be ready when the season begins in nine days.

“I would tell you today that, in my own personal opinion, it’s highly unlikely that he will be ready for the season to start,” manager Jim Leyland said.

He did not, however, assess the chances of Bonderman opening the season on the disabled list, and he said he still had no decision on when Armando Galarraga would start.

More work for Willis, Bonderman

While the Tigers took batting practice this morning, pitching coach Rick Knapp was at work in the bullpen. First up was Dontrelle Willis, who was working on some mechanics in the bullpen after he went back to his old leg kick in Thursday night’s game against the Braves. Knapp and Willis are basically going to work off of that old delivery now in the idea of going with what’s comfortable in hopes that it helps him.

“We’re at the point where we’re trying pretty much anything,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I think that’s pretty simple.”

Bonderman was a matter of shoring up some of his mechanics, which he said were all over the place at times Thursday, presumably from the rust. Leyland sounded a much less tentative tone about Bonderman Friday morning.

“I think if he stays healthy, he’ll be ready to pitch Opening Day, or the fifth day, or whichever day,” Leyland said.


  1. Santiago, SS
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Thames, RF
  5. Kelly, 1B
  6. Larish, 3B
  7. Ramirez, LF
  8. Gomez, CF
  9. Treanor, C


  1. Lastings Milledge, CF
  2. Nick Johnson, 1B
  3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
  4. Elijah Dukes, LF
  5. Austin Kearns, RF
  6. Javier Valentin, C
  7. Wily Mo Pena, DH
  8. Alex Cintron, 2B
  9. Alberto Gonzalez, SS

Bonderman gets through outing

Two innings and 29 pitches will be it for Jeremy Bonderman in his first Spring Training outing. He gave up two hits and two walks while getting ground balls for five of his six outs. Fastball around 89-91 mph with a couple good offspeed pitches.

Dontrelle Willis is up next.

Bonderman feels fine after camp game

Jeremy Bonderman said he felt good after throwing 30 pitches in the Tigers camp game Saturday morning, putting him on track to return to regular game action next Thursday against the Braves and on schedule to be ready for Opening Day.

“Felt good,” Bonderman said. “No pain. Threw all my pitches.”

Bonderman faced six hitters from the Tigers’ Minor League camp during the outing. He gave up a couple doubles and had a pair of strikeouts. But the important part for him was how he felt as he threw his pitches, and how his previously sore shoulder will feel on Sunday.

“I don’t want to get carried away,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I was tickled to death today, but I want to be tickled to death tomorrow.”

Based on how Bonderman felt, he believes he’ll feel good.

“I’m going to be sore,” he predicted, “but it’s just going to be normal soreness.”

Here are the lineups. The Twitter page is up and running.


  1. Inge, 3B
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Larish, 1B
  5. Laird, C
  6. Raburn, CF
  7. Perez, LF
  8. Gomez, RF
  9. Everett, SS

PITCHING: Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, others


  1. Russ Adams, DH
  2. Aaron Hill, 2B
  3. Adam Lind, LF
  4. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  5. Jason Lane, RF
  6. Jose Bautista, CF
  7. Brad Emaus, 3B
  8. Raul Chavez, C
  9. John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: Casey Janssen, Mike Maroth, Robert Ray, Rick Bauer

Zumaya will not throw Saturday

Turns out Joel Zumaya will not throw in Saturday’s simulated game. He has what head athletic trainer Kevin Rand likened to a cramp between his shoulder and his neck, so he’s going to be held back a day or two. Fernando Rodney also will not throw Saturday; Jim Leyland said team officials decided he had been stretched earlier in the week, so they’re going to hold him back.

Meanwhile, Casper Wells was not available Friday. He has had lingering pain in his elbow after a diving attempt earlier in camp and was getting it checked out by a doctor Friday. No word yet on the diagnosis.

Tuesday happenings

JUPITER, Fla. — Here are some quick pregame notes that came out before the Tigers-Cardinals game at Roger Dean Stadium:

* Joel Zumaya (shoulder) played catch in Lakeland, Fla., today. Manager Jim Leyland said he’s more than likely going to go ahead and pitch him an inning during an intrasquad game on Saturday — which will also see Jeremy Bonderman pitch. 
* Backup catcher Matt Treanor was originally scheduled to make the trip to Jupiter, Fla., but Leyland scratched him because of lingering issues with his offseason sports hernia surgery. The Tigers’ manager said he isn’t sure how long he’ll be out, but for now, it’s just for precautionary reasons, and it doesn’t seem to be that serious at the moment. Besides, he has no idea what’s on those medical reports anyway. “I’m not a doctor,” Leyland began to joke. “I know I’ve got a heart, it has a beat,
and that’s about it. But other than that, I don’t know anything about that. … We’re going to take it slow [with Treanor].”
* Leyland stressed he isn’t tipping his hat, and that Zach Miner — Tuesday’s starter — still has as good of a chance as anybody to land that No. 5 spot in the starting rotation. But the skipper did have something interesting to say about the 26-year-old right-hander before his outing: “I think he needs to maybe prepare himself for relief. I’m not talking necessarily about right now. … We know he can start — we think he can start and do a decent job. He hasn’t shown for sure that he can relieve as effective as he should. So he needs to do that. … In his case, I think there will always be a situation where somebody may be looking for a little bit more of an edge from the starter, so he needs to learn how to make the adjustments to pitch out of the bullpen.”
* Tigers left-hander Fu-Te Ni is back from pitching with Chinese Taipei — which lost its only two games — and is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday. Ni gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings in the Classic.
* Leyland and Tony La Russa have always enjoyed a great friendship — ever since La Russa brought him to the big leagues as his third-base coach with the White Sox, in fact. Before the game, the Cardinals’ manager had a little fun with Leyland, sending him a lineup with Cardinals greats likes Ozzie Smith, Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds and Stan Musial, with Bob Gibson pitching. “It was pretty good,” Leyland joked. “If those guys don’t hit today, I know the world’s coming to an end.”
* Score update: It’s the bottom of the third right now, with the Cardinals leading, 2-1. Chris Duncan hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, and Marcus Thames hit a solo shot in the top of the second for Detroit.

— Alden Gonzalez

Checkin' in from Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. — Jason Beck is going to be off a for couple of days, and I, Alden Gonzalez, will be your tour guide while the Tigers face the Marlins and Cardinals on Monday and Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium. It’s 4 p.m. ET now, and I see Detroit’s bus just pulled in. Manager Jim Leyland is expected to give a more definite timetable today on when Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) will pitch next — I’ll update you on that as I get it.

Notable names traveling with the team today: Brandon Lyon, Adam Everett, Placido Polanco and Timo Perez. 
On to the lineups:
Everett, SS
Polanco, 2B
Clete Thomas, DH
Mike Hessman, 3B
Ryan Raburn, RF
Jeff Larish, 1B
Brent Clevlen, CF
Timo Perez, LF
Dusty Ryan, C
Starter: Rick Porcello
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B
Cameron Maybin, CF
Jeremy Hermida, LF
Dallas McPherson, 1B
Dan Uggla, 2B
Cody Ross, RF
Jay Gibbons, DH
Robert Andino, SS
Brett Hayes, C
Starter: Josh Johnson
— Alden Gonzalez

Bonderman throws off mound

Not a whole lot of positives out of the game today, but there was a positive off the back mounds, where Jeremy Bonderman threw a side session without any issues Sunday.

“He felt great today,” manager Jim Leyland said. “Bonderman makes this a more encouraging day.”

Leyland said he hopes to have an idea by Monday night’s game against the Marlins what the next step is. I would be surprised if he isn’t back in a game sometime this week, though it might be more towards the end of the week with an off-day coming up Thursday.

Injury updates

Amazing how strange it feels to sleep in past 8:30 after so many days of answering the alarm clock in Spring Training. Still, I wanted to get out some injury updates that didn’t get in last night:

  • Gerald Laird will not make the trip to Legends Field tonight. He’ll be held back with tightness in his left quadriceps. Laird said Thursday afternoon that he felt it tighten up as he ran down the first-base line, kind of the feeling he had when he pulled his hamstring in the past. Manager Jim Leyland said he’s had enough of those kinds of situations over the last 40-some years that he’s going to be cautious about it.
  • Michael Hollimon is not on the travel roster for Friday or Saturday. No word whether he still has the nail on his right middle finger, but regardless, they’re going to give it a couple days.
  • Jeremy Bonderman is supposed to play catch again today at some point, but players who aren’t on the travel roster for tonight’s game don’t have to come in until mid-afternoon.
  • Macay McBride is being backed off his throwing schedule. He last pitched Sunday against the Pirates, and it was a rather long inning with command issues before stranding the bases loaded.