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Jeremy Bonderman is on his way back, eager to pitch

Nov 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

Jeremy Bonderman throwing

Jeremy Bonderman has been out of baseball for two years thanks to (a) not finding a deal in 2011; and (b) having Tommy John surgery in April 2012. Buster Olney spoke to him however, and he’s eager to pitch in 2013.

And, while I don’t think it’s really a BSOHL story when the guy has been out of baseball so long — it’s legit and not just spin to wonder about his conditioning — Bonderman has been working hard to make it happen:

Bonderman, who just turned 30, started his workouts long before he had Tommy John surgery in April 2012. He explained over the phone Sunday that most weeks, he’s training six days out of seven, and he has cut his weight from 245 to about 210 pounds, or what he weighed as he came out of high school.

“I just want to go out and play,” he said. “I just want to go out and compete, and go out on my terms.”

He just wants a minor league deal and a big league camp invite. Which, even though he really hasn’t been healthy and effective for six years, I bet he gets.

  1. historiophiliac - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Oh, this brings back such good memories. I’m rooting for this kid.

  2. darthicarus - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I guess this means my Tigers Bonderman jersey is no longer considered retro (and I do proudly own one!)

  3. seeingwhatsticks - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Is he actually worse than Porcello right now?

  4. mashoaf - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Bonderman can actually throw the ball harder now with Tommy John surgery. Good luck major league hitters.

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