The Mariners have called up Jeremy Bonderman from Triple-A Tacoma to start on Sunday against the Twins, per Greg Johns on Twitter. Bonderman, now 30 years old, hasn’t thrown a pitch in the Majors since October 1, 2010, a season in which he posted a 5.53 ERA in 171 innings. The right-hander has a 4.52 ERA in 63.2 innings with Tacoma.
Bonderman dealt with thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder in 2008 and ’09, and had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last year. The first round pick of the Athletics back in 2001, Bonderman has dealt with a ton of adversity as he has never finished with an ERA lower than 4.00 in any season.
Jayson Werth went unsigned as a free agent last winter, and then signed a minor league deal with the Mariners early in the spring. He worked out at their facility in Peoria, Arizona before joining the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers but never got a callup to the big club. Seeing no path back to the bigs, he called it a career, retiring in late June.
Part of that was due to a hamstring injury he received while playing in Tacoma. Today the Washington Post reports that there was one more little wrinkle in all of that as well. A DUI:
Former Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth pled guilty last week to driving under the influence in the Scottsdale area. The arrest occurred in April, when Werth was playing at the Mariners’ spring training facility in nearby Peoria. The court sentenced Werth to a diversion program, ordered drug and alcohol screening, charged him more than $1,600 in fines and fees, and suspended his driver’s license.
Werth declined comment and the specifics of the arrest aren’t reported in the article. The Mariners said his DUI was not a factor in not calling him up to Seattle.
This is not Werth’s first run-in with the law. Back in 2015 he served five days in jail due to a reckless driving charge in suburban Virginia.