Detroit Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman (elbow) may be lost for the rest of the season after he felt a "sharp pain" on the outside of his pitching elbow during an injury-shortened start Sunday, Sept. 9. Bonderman, who left in the second inning after giving up six earned runs, was to have an MRI Monday, Sept. 10.
"I'm done for awhile," said Bonderman, who also felt the injury was similar to lateral elbow soreness he experienced two years ago that limited him to just two September starts.
Bonderman also said he is "scared" and "nervous" about the pending results of the MRI exam.
Bonderman had been producing sporadic results of late (allowing five earned runs or more five times between July 24 and Aug. 25, and going 1-8 with a 8.23 ERA in his last 10 starts), which had led to some concern over his elbow. Back on 5 Sept, manager Jim Leyland confirmed Bonderman had an elbow injury, but the team's medical personnel didn't believe it was anything serious. Bonderman has admitted being bothered this year by his elbow for a while and said it had just kept getting worse, but he had wanted to help the team and that was why he had kept on pitching. The Tigers (77-66) are still in the hunt for the AL Central crown, trailing the Cleveland Indians by 5.5 games, while trailing the New York Yankees by four games for the AL Wild Card spot, with both teams having 19 games left.
The team will have to fill the void in the starting rotation, but they haven't yet announced any personnel moves or rotation changes. However, fantasy owners should act now and drop him from rosters to free up another spot, and add a starter from the waiver wire. Consider adding a hurler like Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Marquis, Tampa Bay Devil Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine or Arizona Diamondbacks starter Micah Owings. All of which are available in over 90 percent of leagues polled.
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