Bonderman fine, will return to mound

Updated: March 2, 2009, 7:12 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland said starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, who was sent back to Detroit due to medical concerns about his pitching shoulder, was fine and will be back on the mound before the team goes north in about five weeks.

Leyland spoke Monday after hearing reports that Bonderman was on his way back to Florida.

Bonderman, who hasn't pitched in a game all spring, had shoulder stiffness and Leyland said the right-hander was sent back to his regular physician in Detroit only as a precautionary measure.

Bonderman was sent back to Detroit early Monday morning after a routine examination.

Bonderman went 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA last season, but was on the disabled list from June 7 through the rest of the season with a circulatory condition that resulted in numbness to his throwing hand.

Leyland said Bonderman won't be rushed and that he would be happy if Bonderman is ready to get back to his normal routine in two weeks. He said there were no major issues and that after some minor medication and any sign of pain goes away, Bonderman would be ready to start throwing again.


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