Bonderman set for return to Majors in Sunday's start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Veteran right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start for the Mariners on Sunday against the Twins, manager Eric Wedge said Friday.

Bonderman, 30, hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2010, when he went 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA for the Tigers. He's since undergone shoulder and elbow surgeries and was out of baseball for two years before signing a Minor League deal with the Mariners this offseason.

The native of Kennewick, Wash., went 2-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 starts for Tacoma, and he will take the spot that opened up when rookie Brandon Maurer was sent down earlier this week.

"He's been pretty consistent down there," Wedge said. "It's the progression of what we saw this spring. He's kept the ball on the ground, he's been aggressive, his arm has been pretty strong, he's using all his pitches. He has a great deal of experience and has worked hard to get here, so we'll give him an opportunity on Sunday."

The Mariners are looking for better results from the back end of their rotation and Bonderman has an opt-out in his contract that would allow him to become a free agent if he wasn't recalled by June 1, so the timing was right to give him a shot.

Wedge is looking for one thing from the eight-year veteran, who went 67-77 with a 4.89 ERA in 207 games with the Tigers from 2003-10 and helped Detroit reach the World Series in '06.

"Give us a chance to win the ballgame," Wedge said. "He's been here and done it before. If you look at how hard he's worked to get back here, I'm sure he'll be ready to go on Sunday."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.