The Tigers trimmed three more from their major league camp with two players hitting the disabled list and then Rule 5 pick Kyle Bloom getting shipped back to the Pirates. No surprise that Joel Zumaya is beginning the season on the disabled list but the unusual one is Dontrelle Willis’ anxiety disorder. The specifics aren’t there but Dontrelle seemed upbeat about it and from what they say, it’s treatable. They don’t put a time table on the treatment but hopefully Dontrelle is back sooner rather then later.
It was also announced that Jeremy Bonderman won’t begin the season in the rotation. He’s throwing as I write this but he’s still trying to get his arm strength back. I’m not 100% sure on the rules, but Bonderman might have some options left (he only spent one season in the minors) so I wonder if the Tigers will take the DL route or not. There’s also a chance we could see someone like Rick Porcello get a start or two with the big league team before Bonderman comes back and they ship him to Erie.
The Tigers took care of the Jays yesterday. Edwin Jackson went seven innings deep and he gave up just one run on six hits with four strikeouts. Ryan Perry and Scott Williamson each threw shutout innings to finish things out. At this point, the game are going to more closely resemble real games so they’ll be a little more interesting then the six pitchers throwing we saw just a week or so ago.
Placido Polanco hit his second homer of the spring and he drove in two runs. Carlos Guillen led the way with two hits and a run in the 5-1 win.