Bonderman to be examined next week
Specialist to determine whether Tigers starter needs surgery
DETROIT -- Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman will be examined by a specialist next week to determine the cause of the blood clot that knocked him out of action last weekend.
Dr. Greg Pearl, the specialist who operated on fellow Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers to repair blood vessels in his shoulder last year, will examine Bonderman next Tuesday at his office in Dallas. If he determines that the blockage was caused by a rib, as was initially suspected, that could require removing the rib in a surgery that would end Bonderman's season.
Pearl performed a similar procedure on Rogers to remove a rib when he had the same problem in 2001.
Bonderman went on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday after seeing team doctors on Friday complaining about a heavy arm. He was admitted to the Detroit Medical Center Friday night to dissolve the clot from the axillary vein in the front of his throwing shoulder. The clot was a symptom of thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition in which the vein is compressed. Bonderman underwent a procedure to dissolve the clot on Friday night, then underwent an angioplasty to clear the vein on Saturday morning.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.