Commentary

Bonderman on comeback trail

Minor league notes and stats from Sunday's games

Updated: June 2, 2009, 10:54 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Slow and steady progress

Jeremy Bonderman, RHP, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo)
Sunday's stats: 8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
While there is no precise timetable for his return to the majors (most speculate that it will be soon), Bonderman is definitely making slow but steady progress in his return from shoulder surgery. After giving up five runs over six innings in his first Triple-A start, and delivering his first quality start five days ago, Bonderman dominated for the first time in his comeback on Sunday. His velocity is still a bit off from his pre-surgery days, but he's learning to work with it, which could make him even more effective if the fastball makes a full recovery.

Yawn …

Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (Low-A Peoria)
Sunday's stats: 2-for-4, HR (13), R, 2 RBI, K
Seriously, we're just running out of things to say here. I've looked at his daily line pretty much every day to see if he's done it again, and more often than not, the answer is yes. Keep in mind that the guy hit one home run in his first 21 games; now he has 10 homers in his past 15 games while going 26-for-64 (.406) with 21 RBIs.

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