|Tigers plan to shut down RHP Jeremy Bonderman as his injured elbow is examined|
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|Sunday, 09 September 2007 13:47|
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said the team will probably shut down the right-hander because of a nagging elbow injury that is not getting better.
``This guy is a trooper and wanted to go out there for us,'' Leyland said Sunday after the Seattle Mariners beat Detroit 14-7. ``But he's not right.''
Bonderman (11-9) gave up six runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings - matching the shortest outing of his five-year career - in what might end up being his final outing of the season.
``I wanted to go out and give it a chance,'' he said. ``I didn't really help anybody - myself or the team.''
Bonderman is scheduled to have his elbow examined on Monday.
``It's frustrating, but at least now we're going to find out a reason why this is happening,'' he said. ``I've had it for a while, and it's been getting worse over a period of time.
``It's time to get it figured out.''
Bonderman was 10-1 after beating Seattle on July 13, but he is 1-8 since and has given up at least six earned runs in five of his past nine starts.
A similar injury ended his season in 2005, but he bounced back well enough to win 14 games in the regular season to help the Tigers reach the playoffs last year for the first time since 1987 and contributed to their first World Series appearance since 1984.
Bonderman said he feels sharp pain on the outside of his elbow on most throws, but is clinging to hopes that he can come back as the Tigers chase the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card chase.
``I'm going to do what I can to hopefully get back this year,'' he said.