Bruce Rondon took over in the seventh inning Wednesday, in the series finale against Minnesota, with the Detroit Tigers threatening to pull off a comeback win. Detroit scored two in the bottom of the sixth to trim the Twins’ lead to 3-2, then handed it over to Rondon to keep the game close.
It, uh, did not go so well.
Rondon’s fourth pitch of the inning (all fastballs) was laced into the right-field corner for a triple. He then proceeded to give up a single, stolen base and two walks after that, while recording just one out, before Jim Leyland pulled him.
And after the Twins closed out their 6-2 victory, Leyland announced an inevitable roster move:
Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo. Luke Putkonen recalled.
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Putkonen will take over the Tigers’ long reliever, with Drew Smyly moving deeper into the bullpen to replace Phil Coke as Detroit’s late-inning lefty. Both Coke and Octavio Dotel are on the disabled list, leaving the Tigers scrambling some as Rondon continues to struggle.