Welcome home, Bondo.
The Tigers called up right-handed pitcher Jeremy Bonderman from Triple-A Toledo after today's 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Righty Evan Reed was optioned to Toledo as a corresponding roster move.
Bonderman was 1-3 with a 4.93 ERA and 5.08 FIP in seven starts with the Seattle Mariners earlier this year. After the Mariners designated him for assignment, the Tigers signed Bonderman to a minor league contract. He has logged 9 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the Toledo Mud Hens since joining the organization, striking out five batters while walking none.
Bonderman pitched for the Tigers from 2003 to 2010, racking up a 68-80 record and 4.80 ERA. He debuted during the infamous 2003 season, going 6-19 with a 5.56 ERA. He was also a key member of the pitching staff on the 2006 team that reached the World Series, snapping a 19 year playoff drought. Bonderman shocked the Tigers by announcing his retirement after a 2010 season in which he logged 171 innings after missing nearly all of 2009 with a blood clot in his right shoulder. During his previous time in Detroit, he was known for his lethal slider, nicknamed "Mr. Snappy" by Rod Allen.
This move comes as a bit of a surprise, given how well Reed has pitched lately. He has not allowed a run in his last four outings, lowering his ERA from 4.38 to 3.00. Overall, Reed has 12 strikeouts and just four walks in 16 big league innings this season.
The Tigers do not need to clear a space on the 40 man roster for Bonderman. The trades that brought Jose Veras and Jose Iglesias to Detroit this week did not up the free space left on the 40 man roster after Jose Valverde was designated for assignment, as both Avisail Garcia and Brayan Villarreal were taken off the 40 man roster when traded.