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.