Saturday, June 07, 2008

Bonderman out for season

Bill Ferris is reporting that Jeremy Bonderman is out for the season due to a circulatory problems in his right shoulder caused by a blood clot. This is another piece of awful news in a season where nothing has gone well for the Tigers.

This is a serious condition so, first of all, I hope that it doesn't result in anything more serious than missing a few months of pitching. Assuming he fully recovers from the clot, the good news is that it does not involve any structural damage in the shoulder. If you are like me, the first thing you imagined last night when you heard he had discomfort in his shoulder was a labrum or rotator cuff injury.

With Bonderman out of the rotation, the question of what to do with Armando Galarraga has been answered. He and Dontrelle Willis will now both be in the rotation rather than splitting starts. The loss of Bonderman, who was coming off four consecutive pretty good starts is a big one though. I suppose that, if he was going to miss four months, it might as well be this year since they are apparently going nowhere anyway. Perhaps the rest will do him good.

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