Jeremy Bonderman was put on the 15 day disabled list today and that would allow him to come back as early as April 14th so he’ll miss the whole first week and at least part of the second week. I’m curious to see how they get him innings while on the disabled list and it wouldn’t surprise if there’s a minor league rehab period that would effectively replace the spring training he missed.
Clete Thomas was optioned to Toledo and Timo Perez and Will Rhymes were both sent to minor league camp.
That leaves a rotation spot open. Rick Porcello made yet another statement today with five innings of solid pitching. He gave up just two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. The Tigers have just one hit through five innings but they’re tied 1-1 with the Nationals. Zach Miner, after a solid outing his last time out, is my bet to get the nod.
Just when I was getting comfortable with Nate Robertson, he goes and gets shelled by the Nationals. His inning was cut short because of the weather, but he was tagged for four hits and three runs in the seventh inning. That’s twice as many hits as Porcello gave up in five frames.
The rain break didn’t help Nate Robertson and he was knocked around for two more runs in the ninth. That’s five runs over his three innings of work. It’s 7-2 with the Tigers batting in the bottom of the ninth. Josh Anderson made his debut and he went 0 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base.