|Bonderman DFAd, Luetge recalled|
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, July 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm ET
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Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman's comeback with his hometown club in Seattle ended this afternoon after only seven starts when the Mariners designated the 30-year-old for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster. The Mariners recalled lefty Lucas Luetge to take his spot on the 25-man roster.
Bonderman had been out of baseball since 2010 prior to this season when the Kennewick, WA native pitched well enough in spring training to earn a spot in Triple-A Tacoma's rotation. He posted a 4.52 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and just 4.7 SO/9 while allowing a .302 average against in 11 starts for the Rainiers but he was nonetheless given an opportunity at the big league level when June rolled around. But in his seven starts for Seattle, Jeremy's fortunes didn't get any better. He pitched to a 4.93 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and just 3.8 SO/9 with the league hitting a decent .267 against him, but his walk rate also climbed to 4.0 BB/9. Bonderman had career rates of 7.1 SO/9 and 3.1 BB/9 from 2003 through 2010 with Detroit before falling to injuries, which led to Tommy John surgery for the former 1st round pick.
Bonderman's next turn in the rotation comes on Thursday against Boston, but Seattle has not named that game's starter as of yet. The start could go to right-hander Blake Beavan, who is already on the big league club and has been throwing long innings out of the bullpen, or it could go to Tacoma's Erasmo Ramirez. Ramirez has struggled in his last four outings but is clearly one of the most talented arms in the upper minors for the M's.