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Jeremy Bonderman planning to come out of retirement

The former Tigers starter has not pitched in the majors since 2010.

Nick Laham

Former Detroit Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman is planning to come out of retirement and is looking for a chance to sign with a big-league club, reports Buster Olney of ESPN:

Jeremy Bonderman thought that watching the Tigers play in the World Series might fuel his desire to get back to the big leagues, and he did go and see Justin Verlander and other friends when the playoffs took Detroit through Oakland...

Bonderman bumped into Tigers' officials while visiting with Verlander, and he left an immediate impression, apparently; there was some discussion about a possible reunion. Bonderman isn't looking for much.

"Just a minor-league deal, with a major-league (spring training) invite," he said.

The 30-year-old Bonderman spent eight years with the Tigers, posting a 4.89 ERA and 7.1 K/9 in one hundred ninety-three starts before cutting his career short following the 2010 season because he could not find a team willing to give him a major league deal. Bonderman has reportedly had the desire to make a come back for some time, and has been training six days a week to make it a realistic possibility.

Bonderman underwent Tommy John surgery in April to repair damage to his right elbow, but has been on a throwing program for three and a half months now. The right-hander expects to be ready to throw for teams by January, but possibly earlier.