Jeremy Bonderman backtracks a bit from retirement talk

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One day after telling Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s seriously considering retiring after the season, Jeremy Bonderman backtracked a bit and said calling it quits would be more of a worst-case scenario if he finds a lack of interest as a free agent this offseason.

I love pitching. I feel my health is good. I’ve just got to find a way to get people out. Just got to see if I get offered a contract.

In other words, as long as someone offers him a major-league contract and guaranteed money Bonderman will probably keep pitching, but if all he can get on the open market are minor-league offers he may decide to call it quits at age 27.
Bonderman has pitched poorly this year, but his secondary numbers are quite a bit better than his ugly 5.05 ERA and he’s certainly looked decent enough to attract some big-league offers this winter. It may be not with the Tigers, but I’ll be surprised if Bonderman isn’t pitching in 2011.

Watch: Shohei Ohtani strikes out his first spring training batter

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Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.

On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.

It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.

While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.