In his first start since October 1, 2010, Mariners right-hander Jeremy Bonderman struggled, surrendering seven runs in four and two-thirds innings of work as the Mariners went on to lose 10-0 to the Twins in this afternoon’s series finale. Bonderman allowed nine hits and walked one and only struck out one.
Bonderman hadn’t pitched particularly well with Triple-A Tacoma, posting a 4.52 ERA in 63.2 innings, but did earn Pitcher of the Week honors in the Pacific Coast League for April 29 through May 5, when he tossed eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge will let Bonderman make his next start, tweets Larry Stone. That will be on Friday at home against the Yankees.
Michael Fulmer was the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner. Last year he had his worst season as a major leaguer, finishing 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA and a 110/46 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. This spring he has been utterly lost in eight innings of work, getting hit hard and exhibiting diminished velocity. A few days ago, the Tigers shut him down and said they’d work on his mechanics.
Now comes the news that no one wanted to hear: the Tigers have announced that Dr. James Andrews has recommended that he get Tommy John surgery.
Fulmer is said to be seeking a third opinion — before Andrews he had an MRI and team doctors feared the worst — but let’s be real about what’s gonna happen here: Fulmer is going to miss the entire 2019 season and, in all likelihood, a good chunk of 2020 as well.
Tough break for Fulmer, one of the few good pitchers the Tigers had developed in some time.