MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeremy Bonderman joined the Mariners on Saturday, but won't officially be added to the roster until Sunday morning prior to his first Major League start since 2010 with the Tigers.
The veteran right-hander has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and will start Sunday's 11:10 a.m. PT game against the Twins' Scott Diamond. The Mariners will have to make a roster move to add Bonderman both to their 25-man Major League roster as well as their 40-man roster.
Manager Eric Wedge said the eight-year veteran is eager to get a return shot at the Majors after sitting out the past two seasons while having surgeries on his shoulder and elbow. Bonderman signed a Minor League deal with the Mariners last winter and competed for a rotation spot in the spring, but wasn't quite ready and spent the first two months at Tacoma.
"He's under control, but you can tell he's excited to be here," Wedge said. "For a 30-year-old, he's been through so much. He's worked so hard to get back here, that's been evident here for the last year. So, good for him. He deserves the opportunity."
Bonderman went 2-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 starts in Tacoma, pitching better as he went along in his first regular-season action since his last start with the Tigers on Oct. 1, 2010, at Baltimore.
"It's been good for him to be down there and pitch every fifth day," Wedge said. "He's been pretty consistent down there. His arm's been good, his stuff's been good. It's just a matter of how it translates up here, really."