Tigers sign Jeremy Bonderman to Triple-A deal

DETROIT - The Tigers are bringing back an old face.

During the team's game against the Texas Rangers Sunday, the Tigers announced Jeremy Bonderman has been signed to a Triple-A contract. He will join the Toledo Mud Hens in Buffalo on Thursday.

The Mariners designated Bonderman for assignment on Monday.

The former Tigers pitcher was out of baseball for the entire 2011 and 2012 seasons before making his debut with the Mariners on June 2.

He had four straight strong starts between June 7 and June 23, but was battered for 10 earned runs and 13 hits in just 8 1-3 innings over his past two starts against the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati.

In his last season with the Tigers in 2010, Bonderman went 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA. He pitched eight seasons for the Tigers and helped them reach the World Series in 2006, when he was 14-8 and led the AL with 34 starts.

Bonderman had surgery on his right elbow last April. A blood clot in his right shoulder slowed his career in 2008 after he had a winning record in three consecutive years.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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