Bonderman to undergo surgery
Tigers righty dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome
DETROIT -- Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman will undergo potentially season-ending surgery to address his thoracic outlet syndrome on Monday in Dallas. The condition placed him on the disabled list for the second straight season.
Dr. Greg Pearl, a specialist who operated on fellow Tigers starter Kenny Rogers for a similar problem in 2001 and last season, will perform the surgery.
The Detroit training staff could offer no specifics about the procedure. It is unknown if the operation will involve removing Bonderman's first rib on his right side, which team trainers thought might be causing the pitcher's circulatory problems. Thoracic outlet syndrome stems from a pinching of the vein responsible for returning blood from the arm to the heart.
A timetable for Bonderman's return will depend on the outcome of the surgery. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand initially said if Bonderman required an operation, his season likely was finished.
Bonderman complained to team trainers of a heavy arm on June 6. He underwent a thrombylosis that night at Detroit Medical Center to dissolve a blood clot in the vein and an angioplasty the next day to clear it.
The right-hander is 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA this season. He was one of Detroit's most consistent starters at the time of his injury, having thrown four straight quality starts. Bonderman suffered inflammation in his right elbow last season.
Scott McNeish is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.