Over at Mack Avenue Tigers, JayRC (TRAITOR!!!) has an update for us on the status of the $12M man, Jeremy Bonderman:
However, in his last three appearances (a span of five innings) he has surrendered just two hits while striking out six without allowing a run. Perhaps even more encouraging is that Bonderman has finally started to regain some of his velocity. His fastball once clocked regularly at 88-90 mph is now reportedly reaching as much as 94 mph.
Bonderman has reached the Joel Zumaya area for me. I don’t plan on getting anything from him and any positive he contributes is great. However, that pill is a lot easier to take for Glass Joel since he’s not getting $12.5M this season and next.
Jay notes that Bonderman could be decent addition to the Tigers bullpen in September and possibly in the playoffs. Bonderman has pitched in relief only six times in his big league career and hasn’t dont it since 2004. Thinking a reasonably healthy Bonderman could walk in and succeed in the pen is probably a bit of a stretch.
I like the idea, though. The rosters expand in September and he’s certainly worth a look. The Tigers probably owe him a shot at success and he owes them a few hundred innings of quality pitching.