DETROIT (AP) -Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will miss his scheduled start Sunday against Minnesota because of an injured middle finger on his pitching hand.
Bonderman (2-0) developed two blisters in spring training, but said the latest injury to the tip of his middle finger is more of a cut than a blister.
Bonderman, who went 14-8 with a career-high 202 strikeouts to help the Tigers reach the World Series last season, said he expects to make his next start on May 18 at home against St. Louis.
``Missing one now is better than missing more games later in the year,'' Bonderman said Friday before Detroit faced the Twins. ``Hopefully we can get it better now and not have to worry about it.''
The Tigers plan to call up Virgil Vasquez from Triple-A Toledo to make the start on Sunday. The 24-year-old right-hander is 4-2 with a team-leading 2.88 ERA in seven starts for the Mud Hens this season.
The Tigers haven't announced a corresponding roster move, but manager Jim Leyland said they'd announce a move either after the game Friday or before the game Saturday.
Leyland said he didn't think Bonderman, who leads the team with 40 strikeouts, would have to go on the disabled list, but Detroit is playing it safe by skipping him in the rotation this time around.
``There's no sense taking a chance,'' Leyland said.
Leyland said Vasquez is expected to arrive in Minneapolis on Saturday, pitch Sunday, then head back down to Toledo on Monday.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail World Series opener pits Lester vs. Kluber Two title-starved organizations are ready to kick off one of the most intriguing World Series matchups we’ve seen in some time.
Thumbnail Kershaw tries to keep visitors' run going The Cubs seized a 3-2 edge in the NLCS by winning Games 4 and 5 in Los Angeles. Will Clayton Kershaw be able to save the Dodgers’...
Thumbnail North Siders' bats rise as NCLS progresses Anthony Rizzo is still batting well below .200 in the playoffs. Yet the Chicago first baseman seems to be heating up at precisely...
Thumbnail Hosts ask Urias to give them 3-1 NLCS edge Tonight, Julio Urias will make history in Game 4 of the NLCS. The Dodgers simply hope that it’s for all the right reasons.
Thumbnail Francona needs relief corps to thrive again The Blue Jays suddenly have life in the NLCS. Now, though, can they truly put fear in the Indians and send the festivities back to northern...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages