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Bonderman feels fine after first inning back


PEORIA, Ariz. -- It wasn't quite the return Jeremy Bonderman dreamed of, but the 30-year-old right-hander took his first step back from a long battle with arm problems Monday with an inning of work in the Mariners' 9-8 victory against the Angels.

Bonderman, pitching for the first time since 2010 with the Tigers, gave up a three-run blast to catcher Hank Conger, allowing two hits and three runs in the first inning.

"They knocked the rust off me," Bonderman said with a wry smile. "It wasn't what I wanted, but it was good to get out there and get my feet wet again. I look forward to the next opportunity."

Bonderman had Tommy John surgery last April after dealing with shoulder issues the past few seasons with Detroit. He threw 89-90 mph Monday and said he felt perfectly healthy for the first time in years.

"I'm 100 percent healthy," he said. "If I wasn't, I wouldn't be here. I'm not going to put myself through that. I've done that and it's not any fun. I'm healthy and I'm going to do what I can to make this team. Today wasn't a good start, but every day is a new day I'm going to work hard. We have another month left, so we'll see what happens.

"If at the end of camp they tell me they don't need me, then I'll go home. But I'm hoping I can get some good outings in and make an impression."

Manager Eric Wedge believes Bonderman threw better than the results indicated.

"I thought he looked good," Wedge said. "I was impressed with what we saw. We don't get too caught up in the scorecard, but if you just talk about the way the ball was coming out of his hand -- he wasn't really catching upon the breaking ball, but the action was there.

"He was just a little tardy with that. But that's something you expect to come a little later. Usually it's the secondary stuff, the breaking pitches, that are more of a feel and a slot. But overall, I was really happy with what we saw."

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