It's looking more and more like Jeremy Bonderman will be able to start Monday night in Cleveland. Bonderman left his Wednesday start against Oakland after he was hit on the right wrist by a Marco Scutaro line drive, but he felt so good that he was able to play catch on Friday afternoon. Bonderman will attempt to throw a short bullpen session today, but he disputed the idea that this is the key day for him. "No, the key day is going to be Monday," he said. "If I can go Monday, I'll go." Bonderman credits his quick recovery to something called a PolyMem patch, which the Tiger trainers use to reduce swelling and prevent bruises from developing. If Bonderman doesn't pitch Monday, Roman Colon would most likely start in his place. There had been some speculation that the Tigers would start 20-year-old Joel Zumaya, but Zumaya skipped his scheduled Thursday night start for Triple-A Toledo with a tired arm. He's expected to pitch for the Mud Hens next week.
Jeremy Bonderman is up to 173 innings, 10th in the AL. He hasn't had a legitimately future-ace-style start in a month. He's not yet 23.
Joel Zumaya is at 147.1 innings. He is striking everyone out he faces, he doesn't give up any hits, but he walks more batters than you'd like to see. He's not yet 21.
Yes, .500 is again in reach. Yes, the offense has shown signs of actual life over the last couple of weeks. But please, Dombrowski and Trammell, keep the real priorities in mind.