Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bonderman to DL, Miller to Start

According to John Lowe of the Free Press, Jeremy Bonderman's blister is not fully healed yet and he has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 9. It is hoped that he will be able to make his next scheduled start May 24 versus the Los Angeles Angels.

He has been replaced in the rotation by Andrew Miller who made just one start at AA Erie. He will make his first major league start on Friday versus the Cardinals. In the one Erie start, Miller pitched 8 innings allowing 1 unearned run, 6 hits and no walks. He also had 7 strikeouts and a 7.0 ground out/air out ratio. In 41 1/3 innings for Lakeland, he had a 3.48 ERA, a 28/15 K/BB ratio and a 4.5 GO/AO ratio. He pitched better than his stats indicated but he's an extreme ground ball pitcher who was victimized by poor infield defense at Lakeland.

While I'm excited to see Miller make his first major league start, I'm not happy to see that Bonderman is going to miss another start. I wouldn't want to see this turn into another Josh Beckett situation. This is a new problem for Bonderman though and there no indication that it will be a chronic problem.

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