Tigers activate, option Rondon

Bruce Rondon is going to stick in Toledo for now. He’s just no longer doing so on a rehab assignment. The Tigers activated their hard-throwing right-hander from the 15-day disabled list and immediately optioned him to the Mud Hens, where he’ll try to work through the struggles that marked his rehab stint there over the past few weeks.

Rondon joined the Hens on rehab May 21 after spending the first month and a half of the season on the DL with bicipital tendinitis. From there, the results have been mixed. While Rondon has shown himself to be healthy, which is the biggest issue, he has not shown consistent effectiveness. He has given up 10 earned runs on 15 hits over 8 2/3 innings with five walks and nine strikeouts. He realistically had two truly good, clean outings in nine appearances.

That doesn’t mean the Tigers have given up on Rondon, but he has work to do to get back to the Tigers bullpen. For all the importance he has carried to Detroit’s relief hopes, he still has barely a half-season of Major League experience under his belt, and that was two years ago.

The move means that for now, the Tigers are sticking with a three-lefty bullpen for their upcoming series against the Reds, Yankees and Indians, all of whom have left-handed hitters to match up. Tom Gorzelanny, Blaine Hardy and just-recalled Ian Krol appear safe as a trio for at least the next week or two.

9 Comments

Tom Gorzelanny,Bruce Rondon,Alberkirque can all be traded

DD is finally getting it. He has learned to ignore the recurring dream of a +100 fastball.
Pretty clear Rondon is not ready. It is less clear if he will ever be ready.

Say it ain’t so, joe! No hanrahan? No Rondon? Now where is Danny Worth and his beautiful knuckleball to make my prediction complete?

With Infante now leading the ASG vote, does anyone think the system has been hacked?

They need him or someone like him. Chapman and Herrera throw at 100 MPH and more. The key for a successful bullpen is flame-throwers with command. Guys that can come in a K the side with the bases loaded. Pitching for contact does not work with the game in line. The problem of the Tigers is they find the rock throwers( we call them that way) or GB pitchers like Coke but not hard throwing pitchers . They need the equivalent of Verlander , Scherzer or Fister for the BP. They badly need Rondón and Nesbitt to control their fast-ball or Al2 his slider

Lineup vs. CIN: Gose 8, Kinsler 4, Cabrera 3, Cespedes 7, J.D. Martinez 9, McCann 2, Castellanos 5, Iglesias 6, Davis DH. Sanchez starts

I understand what you are saying completely. Though I disagree Nesbitt has a good enough fastball to be effective in that regard. Rondon certainly does. He is worth cultivating.

Just a quick comment on all star selection; it’s been a farce since the fans began choosing. Should always have been peer voting only. Awards should be peer voting only. Even in the Hall of Fame voting, the Writers can be biased for against a player. Though I am biased toward Tram and Lou, career stats show that current Inductees have worse stats than tout two guys. You gain and earn respect from your peers. Infante, currently leading at second, is the icing on the cake of this joke of a process.

The players should ONLY VOTE. NOT the people

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