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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: 1225.00
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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.


Bruce Rondon, Joba Chamberlain in running for setup job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) The Tigers have been set at closer since signing Joe Nathan. But their setup situation has yet to be resolved. Newly acquired Joba Chamberlain and 2013 disappointment Bruce Rondon are battling for that spot.

"Right now, [they] are probably the two guys in my mind who you think about as eighth-inning guys for the team," Brad Ausmus told MLive.com on Saturday. "Performances will determine who actually ends up being the eighth-inning guy. That being said, it could change once you move into the season. ... Even if I know coming out of spring training who that is it doesn't mean it's going to stay."


Bruce Rondon misses practice due to illness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon missed Friday's practice, according to mlive.com.

Rondon was dealing with an illness. He will likely return in a few days. In 28 2/3 innings last season, Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA. He will be a major part of the team's bullpen this year.


Bruce Rondon reports to camp noticeably slimmer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon has reported to camp noticeably slimmer, according to the Detroit Free Press

Rondon looks to have lost at least 10 pounds during the offseason, possibly more. He worked with team strength and conditioning coordinator Javair Gillett during the offseason. Rondon was listed at 275 pounds last year.

Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA in 28 2/3 innings.


Bruce Rondon's role to be determined in spring


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/15/2013) The Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wants to wait until spring training to determine whether Bruce Rondon will be his setup man for closer Joe Nathan. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters earlier this month that he hopes Rondon can step into the setup role.

Ausmus told the Free Press, "I have not laid eyes on Bruce Rondon. I like people in the pen knowing where they slot in. I wouldn’t make that final decision without seeing Bruce throw."

Rondon is working his way back from an elbow injury, and he has started playing catch. Dombrowski expects that Rondon will be ready for spring training.


Tigers like Bruce Rondon as setup man


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) The Tigers have a new closer in right-hander Joe Nathan, but general manager Dave Dombrowski thinks they already have their setup man in 22-year-old Bruce Rondon, according to MLive.com.

"The person we're hoping to really step up for us once again -- and we really think he's capable of doing it -- is Bruce Rondon," Dombrowski said. "He's healthy. Feeling good. We look at him as a potential eighth-inning guy, and the rest of the bullpen will fall into place after that."

Rondon, who missed the entire postseason with a flexor strain in his right elbow, was a candidate to close at the beginning of last season, but because of control issues, he spent much of the first half in the minors. He had a 2.73 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 27 appearances after coming up for good in late June.


Bruce Rondon has flexor strain


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/21/2013) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon has been diagnosed by Dr. James Andrews as having a flexor strain in his right elbow, according to the Detroit News. He will not need to have surgery.

Rondon missed the postseason due to the soreness he felt in his elbow.


Bruce Rondon plays catch Saturday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/13/2013) For the first time since being sent to instructional league earlier this month, Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon (elbow) played catch, throwing from a distance of approximately 90 feet Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Rondon is not expected to appear in the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox, and it is likely he would also be unavailable for the World Series, should the Tigers win the ALCS.


Bruce Rondon not expected to pitch in ALCS


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2013) Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLive.com Saturday that reliever Bruce Rondon will likely miss the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox because of a right elbow injury. Rondon has not pitched in a game since Sept. 24 against the Twins.

"I don't think we can expect him," Leyland said. "I don't think he's picked up a ball yet."


Phil Coke, Bruce Rondon out for ALDS


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) The Tigers will not carry relievers Phil Coke or Bruce Rondon during the American League Division Series against Oakland, MLive.com reports. Tigers skipper Jim Leyland said both are dealing with discomfort in their respective arms. 

"They're not going to be ready for the first round," Leyland said. 

It is not clear at this time if one or both relievers could return should the Tigers advance to the American League Championship Series. 

"I feel bad because I wanted to be able to help this team in the first round," Rondon said through a translator.


Bruce Rondon in a holding pattern


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/29/2013) According to MLB.com, Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon was not able to throw this weekend, so the team is currently in limbo as to whether they will be able to use him for the upcoming American League Division Series against the Athletics. Rondon had an MRI on his elbow Friday -- his second within the last three weeks -- and he will not be able to throw until the discomfort from the injection subsides.

Rondon has not pitched since Sept. 24, and that has been his only appearance since Sept. 2, as he has been sidelined with right elbow soreness.