Rondon, Coke ruled out for Division Series
The Tigers bullpen is going to be short for this AL Division Series. Both Bruce Rondon and Phil Coke appear to be out as they deal with their respective arm ailments.
“It looks like Rondon and Coke will not be available for the first round,” manager Jim Leyland said today.
Rondon said he has not yet started a throwing program. The Tigers are waiting for the soreness to go away before they embark on that plan. He still holds out hope he can get to that point and be ready for a potential role in the ALCS if the Tigers advance.
“Rondon would’ve been a nice piece,” Leyland said, “But hey, that’s the way it is.”
Rondon said his arm feels better now than it did the day after his outing in Minnesota, when he struck out the side on 10 pitches.
“It was difficult for me,” Rondon said through a translator, “because I thought I was going to feel good after [that game]. It was a great outing, but I felt discomfort again. It’s very disappointing.”
Coke was not available to talk with reporters.
Both injuries leave the Tigers with some decisions to make on their postseason rosters. Both, too, could put more responsibility on Al Alburquerque, whose slider makes him both a situational strikeout reliever and a weapon against left-handed hitters.
“The responsibility falls to a good situation if he’s right,” Leyland said of Alburquerque, “because left-handers hit about .195 off him for his career. That’s almost like having another left-hander.”