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43 Bruce Rondon RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/275 | Birthdate: 12/9/1990 | Birthplace: Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Tigers' Bruce Rondon (neck) won't pitch Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon (neck) felt better Sunday morning but won't pitch at all Sunday, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Rondon is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, and while he has looked healthy this spring, he's not a lock to break camp with the team. He has given up four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings this spring.

Rondon is scheduled to throw Monday, depending on how he feels, according to manager Brad Ausmus.


Tigers P Bruce Rondon not a lock for the roster


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) After spending last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon believes he'll be ready to go for the start of this season, reports MLB.com. But the pitcher is not guaranteed to make the roster.

"I know that we've been discussing it quite a bit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I do think you have to keep in mind that he came to Spring Training and hadn't pitched in a game in a long time. Whether he makes the team or not, or whether we think he needs more development, the important thing is his strength is there, the arm strength is there. In the long term or even in the near term, you would think he's going to have some impact on the Detroit Tigers. But I think your questions are fair and they're certainly questions that we've discussed."

Rondon has yet to pitch a full season at the Major League level. This spring he has an ERA of 5.68, allowing 10 hits, two home runs while walking two batters.


Tigers' Ausmus: Bruce Rondon ahead of schedule in rehab


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Bruce Rondon is making progress in his return from Tommy John surgery that kept him out last season. 

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Rondon was ahead of schedule when he arrived at the start of spring training, and he hasn't had any setbacks. In fact, Ausmus said that Rondon has moved even farther ahead of schedule, per MLive's Chris Iott.

Rondon has a 4.00 ERA in four innings this spring. 


Tigers' Rondon expected to get two days of rest before next outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon, who had Tommy John surgery last March, told reporters he felt fine on Wednesday, after pitching on one day's rest. Rondon allowed two hits in a scoreless inning of work on Wednesday. He's expected to receive two days before his next appearance, per the Detroit Free Press.

Rondon touches 100 mph on radar gun in return from elbow surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon made his spring debut Thursday against the Phillies. It was his first appearance since having Tommy John surgery last spring.

The right-handed reliever threw a 97 mph fastball on his first pitch of the game and clocked 100 mph on his third pitch in the sixth inning, per MLive.com. Rondon tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit.


Bruce Rondon, Jose Iglesias cleared to play for Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) The Tigers will be getting back two injured players.

Infielder Jose Iglesias, who was hit in the shin by a batting practice line drive on Sunday, will play on Tuesday, according to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitcher Bruce Rondon, recovering from Tommy John surgery, has been cleared for game action and will pitch in a split-squad game on Thursday, Ausmus said.


Tigers' Bruce Rondon (elbow) throws 35 pitches Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon (elbow) threw 35 pitches in live batting practice Monday, per MLive.com. If he feels fine Tuesday, then Rondon is expected to make his spring debut Thursday.

Tigers' Bruce Rondon on track to make spring debut Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that Bruce Rondon (Tommy John surgery) will throw a live batting practice session on Monday, and if he checks out without any issues, he'll make his spring debut on Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press

Tigers P Bruce Rondon had 'very positive' batting practice session


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) The Tigers were pleased with what they saw out of pitcher Bruce Rondon during his live batting practice session on Friday. 

Pitching coach Jeff Jones told manager Brad Ausmus that Rondon took a "very positive" step as he continues to come back from Tommy John surgery, according to the Detroit Free Press. This would mean that, barring any unforeseen setbacks, Rondon is still on schedule with his rehab.

Rondon did not play in 2014. In 2013, he posted a 3.45 ERA over 28 2/3 innings in 2013.  


Tigers' Bruce Rondon to throw live batting practice on Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon will throw live batting practice on Friday, according to mlive.com.

Rondon is on schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, according to manger Brad Ausmus. "His schedule was behind what the others were, so he's on schedule," Ausmus said. "We were going to take it slower with him regardless."

While he's on schedule, Rondon still has a lot of work to do. "First, he's got to get comfortable throwing to hitters," Ausmus said. "He's not quite there yet. Then, once we get him into games, we have to get him into back-to-back days. I would imagine that would be toward the end though."

The 24-year-old Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA over 28 2/3 innings in 2013. 


Tigers bullpen all but set for opening day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is feeling confident about his pitching staff headed into the start of the season. So much so, that he's expecting six of the seven spots to already be taken by Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon, Al Alburquerque and Joba Chamberlain, reports MLive.com.

"Those six, it'd be surprising if they weren't on the team," Ausmus said Friday morning. "Something strange would have to happen just based on their performances from the past."

This leaves Alex Wilson, Josh Zeid and Buck Farmer all battling for the final slot in the bullpen.

"You're always concerned about injuries," Ausmus said. "I think that's where the depth comes into play, where, if something unexpected comes up, we have a lot of arms we feel like can produce at the major league level. ... If something happens at any time, we feel that we have a quality arm that we can slide right in."


Tigers' Bruce Rondon steps it up in second bullpen session


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon "took it easy" for most of his second bullpen session Monday before increasing his intensity with about 10 pitches remaining, MLB.com reports.

"He took it easy for the first half of the session, got a good feel for it," catcher Bryan Holaday said afterwards. "And then when he was comfortable, he let 'em rip, and the ball was coming out really good."

Rondon threw more hard pitches than he did in his first session Friday, and he plans to throw a few more in Thursday's session.

"He popped a few at the end. That's good," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I think as he gets more and more comfortable, he'll probably start popping a few earlier in the bullpen."

Rondon is in the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery, and the team will build up his arm strength while trying to limit the risk of re-injury.

"You're not just building his arm strength," Ausmus said. "You're trying to build his arm strength and avoid a setback from surgery. And I don't know if there's any medical truth behind it, but I think the theory is, heat the elbow up, get it going and let him warm a little more and more. Let him get to the point of almost letting it go, and then finally you can let him go."

Rondon is just 11 months from undergoing surgery on his pitching elbow. He posted a 3.45 ERA and 30:11 K:BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings in 2013 before shutting it down with elbow issues.


Tigers will be cautious with Bruce Rondon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) The Tigers will be cautious with reliever Bruce Rondon during camp, according to mlive.com.

Rondon has been able to throw bullpen sessions thus far, but the team will bring him along slowly. Rondon has been cleared to throw every other day, but he will receive an extra day off on Sunday just to be safe. 

"We're just going to take a little extra time and see how he feels," manager Brad Ausmus said. "A lot of it is going to be how he bounces the next day. We're handling him a little bit with kid gloves at this point."

The 24-year-old Rondon is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He posted a 3.45 ERA over 28 2/3 innings with the club in 2013. 


Tigers' Rondon: 'Everything's good' entering final stages of rehab


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon threw a bullpen session Tuesday at the team's spring complex in Florida, and is entering the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery, per the Detroit Free Press.

Rondon threw 35 pitches Tuesday at about 50 percent. He said he will continue to ramp up intensity as spring camp progresses.

"I feel good. Really good," he said. "Everything's good, nothing in pain so it's pretty good."


Brad Ausmus sets Tigers bullpen roles for 2015, Nathan to close


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his tentative plans for his bullpen this season, according to mlive.com.

Ausmus said that, in an ideal world, Bruce Rondon would be used in the seventh inning, Joakim Soria would pitch in the eighth and Joe Nathan would close games out. Rondon is a bit of a question mark, as he's coming off March Tommy John Surgery. He's expected to be fully healthy by spring training, but the team will move him along slowly at first.

After a midseason trade brought him to Detroit, Soria was actually a better pitcher than Nathan. Despite that, Nathan managed to hold onto the closer role.

That appears to be the case again heading into 2015. Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last season. It was his highest ERA since 2011. Nathan still managed to save 35 games with the club. 


Tigers' Bruce Rondon, Jose Iglesias considered good to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon and shortstop Jose Iglesias are good to go, according to the Detroit News.

Rondon is recovering from March Tommy John surgery, but is nearing a return. Iglesias missed all of last season due to a shin issue. General manager Dave Dombrowski said that although both players were healthy, the team would take it easy with them early in spring training. 

Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA over 28 2/3 innings back in 2013. Iglesias hit .303/.349/.386 between Boston and Detroit. 


Tigers aiming for 5-6 bullpens for Bruce Rondon before camp opens


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said reliever Bruce Rondon, who missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, is long-tossing but has yet to throw off a mound, according to the Detroit Free Press. The Tigers are hoping Rondon will throw 5-6 bullpen sessions before spring training begins.

Tigers GM views Bruce Rondon as wild card for bullpen in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said he views reliever Bruce Rondon as a "wild card" in 2015, according to the New York Post.

Rondon was slated to be a setup man in 2014 before he missed the season due to Tommy John surgery. Dombrowski said Rondon was given a clean bill of health last week, and the expectation is he will be ready for spring training

Dombrowski envisions veteran Joe Nathan handling the closer's role in 2015. However, he added if Nathan doesn't return to form after a down year in 2014, then it's possible Joakim Soria could end up in the closer's role.


Tigers activate Jose Iglesias, Bruce Rondon from 60-day DL


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Tigers have activated Jose Iglesias and Bruce Rondon from the 60-day disabled list Friday.

Iglesias spent most of last season sidelined due to a shin injury. Rondon had Tommy John surgery in March.


Tigers expect to have Bruce Rondon next spring


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) The Tigers expect reliever Bruce Rondon to be ready next spring, according to mlive.com.

Rondon underwent Tommy John surgery in late March, and should be close to 100 percent by the time camp opens. In 2013, Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA over 28 2/3 innings. 


Bruce Rondon placed on 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Rondon is likely having Tommy John surgery, which would end his season. He posted a 3.45 ERA in 28 2/3 innings last year.


Report: Bruce Rondon headed for Tommy John surgery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) The spate of injuries suffered by the Tigers has continued with the report that right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon is destined for Tommy John surgery, according to USA Today.

Rondon was seeking the setup role behind closer Joe Nathan after failing in his attempt to land the closer job last spring. The 23 year old who approaches 100 mph on his fastball was still considered a prime prospect, but he is now out for the season.

He pitched 30 games for Detroit a year ago and compiled a 3.45 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings.


Bruce Rondon works past back issue vs. Mets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon worked past a back issue on Saturday against the Mets in Grapefruit League play.

Rondon entered in the seventh inning for Phil Coke. He struck out one and pitched a perfect frame in a 3-2 defeat. He has allowed one runthrough his first four innings this spring.

Bruce Rondon pushed back one day with back issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon was scratched from his scheduled appearance Friday due to a "non-throwing related back tweak" and will instead pitch Saturday, MLive.com reports.

"We just pushed him back to be safe with it," manager Brad Ausmus said Friday. "I talked to him today and he said he feels fine. It didn't really bother him to throw anyway. It was just kind of a precaution."

Rondon has allowed one earned run in three innings over three appearances this spring, striking out four and walking none.


Bruce Rondon prepping for live batting practice


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon is prepping for live batting practice Sunday. 

Rondon has missed the past two days due to allergy issues. If he's able to get through live batting practice, he should be able to get back on track. Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA in 28 2/3 innings last year.