Bilfer at the Detroit Tigers Weblog breaks the bad news that Jeremy Bonderman was lost for the year with a condition a bit worse than your normal baseball injury.
Bonderman was examined yesterday at the Detroit Medical Center and it was determined he has a blood clot of the axillary vein due to thoracic outlet compression syndrome. Bonderman underwent a thromblysis last night, followed by an angioplasty this morning at the Detroit Medical Center, performed by Dr. Monte Harvill under the supervision of team physician Dr. Stephen Lemos.
The season was kind of over already, it’s almost definitely over now. But we have to hope young Mr. Bonderman’s healthy returns to normal.
Update: Will Carroll at Baseball Prospectus reports the same and compares the malady to that of Aaron Cook in 2004. Recovery is 6 months to a year. Cook returned to pitching almost a full year after the surgery in 2005, and is having a career year this season. (The Denver Post wrote more about Cook an article this year.) And of course it brings to mind Kenny Rogers, who was lost for half of 2007 after having a clot removed right before the season. So this is something Bonderman can recover from, which is some small amount of good news. But you hate to see it happen to anyone or any team.