DETROIT -- With the Tigers' off-day on Monday, president/general manager Dave Dombrowski traveled to Triple-A Toledo with assistant Al Avila and pro scouting director Scott Bream. While they were there, Jeremy Bonderman continued to excel since signing a Minor League contract with the Tigers before the All-Star break.
Bonderman struck out two in two scoreless innings on Monday and now has allowed only one hit in seven innings pitching in relief for the Mud Hens.
According to the Detroit News, Bonderman suggested that he pitch out of the bullpen in order for a better opportunity to get back into the Major Leagues.
"We like what we have seen," Dombrowski said. "He's shown the ability that he can be a big league pitcher. We'll just have to wait and kind of sort out this time period and see what happens. He's done a good job for us."
Bonderman made seven starts with the Mariners this season, going 1-3 with a 4.93 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings before being designated for assignment.
After making his Major League debut for the Tigers at 20 years old in 2003, Bonderman went 67-77 over 207 games (193 starts) for the Tigers from '03-'10.
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