As just broken by Shannon Drayer on Twitter, Tacoma Rainiers starter Jeremy Bonderman will start Sunday for the Mariners in Minnesota. The veteran starter will oppose Nick Diamond in his first major league start since 2010.
The Mariners signed Bonderman to a minor league contract in spring training and gave him an opportunity to make the starting rotation. He finished as the odd-man out, but accepted a minor league assignment in order to continue his comeback from Tommy John surgery. In Tacoma, he posted a 2-4 record with a 4.52 ERA in 11 starts.
Bonderman has a 67-77 record with a 4.89 career ERA in eight major league seasons, all with the Detroit Tigers. In 2010, he recorded an 8-10 record with a 5.53 ERA in 29 starts.
Bonderman is a native of Kennewick, WA and is the second veteran with local ties to attempt a comeback with the Mariners this season. The first, Gonzaga graduate Jason Bay, is batting second for the Mariners Friday in Minnesota.