LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, who was sent back to Detroit due to medical concerns about his pitching shoulder, was fine and will be back on the mound before the team goes north in about five weeks.
Leyland spoke Monday evening after hearing reports that Bonderman was on his way back to Florida.
Bonderman, who hasn't pitched in a game all spring, was suffering from shoulder stiffness and Leyland said he was sent back to his regular physician in Detroit only as a precautionary measure. Leyland said Bonderman was sent back to Detroit early Monday morning after a routine examination.
Bonderman went 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA, but was on the disabled list from June 7 through the rest of the season with a circulatory condition that resulted in numbness to his throwing hand.
Leyland said Bonderman won