Detroit RHP Jeremy Bonderman dropped his appeal yesterday and started serving a five-game suspension assessed by the commissioner's office for his part in the July 17 brawl against Kansas City.
Bonderman made his decision one day after beating Minnesota, 5-2, to improve his record to 13-6. His next scheduled start will be pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.
"It doesn't disrupt our rotation that much," Tigers Manager Alan Trammell said before last night's game against Seattle.
Bonderman had wanted to pitch Saturday against Rich Harden, a former minor league teammate, but he agreed with Trammell that it was best to serve his suspension now.
"It's kind of what's best for the team," Bonderman said. "I don't have to be out that long. We just get it out of the way now. That way in September when we're making a push, I'll be in the game."
Bonderman came off the bench during the brawl, which began when Detroit's Carlos Guillen was hit by a pitch from Runelvys Hernandez.
* MINOR DETAIL FOR WRIGHT: Yankees RHP Jaret Wright is scheduled to make his first minor league rehabilitation appearance on Saturday since being sidelined in late April with an injured right shoulder.
Wright threw 51 pitches during a three-inning simulated game yesterday, the second time he had faced hitters since going on the disabled list April 24. He is slated to pitch in a Gulf Coast League game against Atlanta minor leaguers.
"Even today, throwing to hitters for the second time, it's encouraging," Wright said. "I'm excited about the game on Saturday. It feels like it's progressing, but it feels like it's just slow."
Wright could be ready to rejoin the Yankees by mid to late August.
* LILLY SORE: Blue Jays LHP Ted Lilly could miss his next scheduled start after leaving Sunday's game with a sore shoulder.
"Hopefully, at worse he'll miss a turn," GM J.P. Ricciardi said.
Lilly left Sunday's 6-5 loss to Kansas City after four innings. Lilly first felt pain on Saturday while pitching on the side. He felt it again while warming up Sunday and then whenever he threw his fastball in the game. He didn't tell the team about it until afterward, something that upset both Ricciardi and Manager John Gibbons.
"It would have been nice to know," Ricciardi said.
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