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First Inning Woes Continue For Jeremy Bonderman

I know these games don’t mean anything and I know it’s Jeremy Bonderman’s first time against real competition but this afternoon’s spring game was a microcosm of his 2007 season.  Against the Mets B team, Bonderman was tagged for two runs including one in the first inning in a pretty mediocre start.  Jason Grilli and Zach Miner both threw a pair of shutout frames though and Denny Bautista picked up the save despite giving up two baserunners in the ninth.

Wilkin Ramirez had the big hit of the game with a two run single.  Brandon Inge singled home a run and he was a late replacement for Curtis Granderson in centerfield.  No Tiger had more then on hit in the contest.

Nate Robertson gets the start tomorrow.  One of the pitchers will be Matt Mantei, who is trying to make a comeback.

In other news, Joel Zumaya appears to be making progress in rehabbing his shoulder while Fernando Rodney has been shut down until next week because of shoulder tendanitis.  It’s not a good start for the Tigers pen.

I will say that most stories have mentioned that Bonderman didn’t use his slider at all – it was strictly fastball and change-up. And most importantly, his elbow felt good afterwards.

Posted by Corey on February 28th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

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