Detroit Tigers SP Jeremy Bonderman could be out for the season

by Tim Piotrowski on June 7, 2008 @ 11:56:16 PDT


The Associated Press reports Detroit Tigers SP Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, June 7, and is expected to miss the rest of the 2008 season. Doctors discovered a blood clot in Bonderman's axillary vein, which runs from the neck to the armpit. In a statement, the team said doctors diagnosed the disorder as thoracic outlet compression syndrome.

Bonderman was having a below-average year in 2008. In 12 starts, he went 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. He struck out 44 batters and walked 36 batters in 71 1/3 innings while also allowing nine home runs. He found more success on the road this season, going 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA compared to 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA at home.

Bonderman had a troublesome 2007, going 11-9 with a 5.01 ERA. He has won at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons. However, he never posted a single-season ERA below 4.08 or a WHIP below 1.30 in his five-year career. He has allowed at least 20 homers in four of the last five seasons.

From a fantasy perspective, Bonderman has shown promise but has been erratic the past few seasons. Bonderman owners in all single-year formats should drop him to find a substitute on the waiver wire. Keeper leaguers should stash him on a DL spot if available.

Bonderman likely will be replaced in the rotation by starting pitcher Armando Galarraga. He performed well while replacing starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis earlier in the year. In eight starts this season, Galarraga is 4-2 with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP; he has a cumulative 3.76 ERA for the season with his bullpen work included. He has struck out 35 batters and walked 24 in 52 2/3 innings; opponents are only hitting .177 against him. Galarraga is a fine pickup for owners in deep leagues because of his performance earlier this season.

Willis is also another option but is more of a risk. He is coming off a stint on the 15-day disabled list and has only recently rejoined the rotation. He has a 4.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP in four appearances (three starts). He has walked 16 batters in only 10 innings pitched. Willis would be a pickup for owners who are desperate and looking for an arm.

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