Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon sustained a lower-back
injury last night when he slipped off a wet mound after delivering a pitch.
Manager Jim Leyland told reporters – including James Schmehl of MLive.com – that
he knew something wasn’t right when he saw the awkward way Rondon came to the plate.
"When I saw it, I was suspicious that something wasn't
right," Leyland said. "As it turned out, it was just a little bit in
the lower back. I don't really think it's anything serious."
When the slip occurred, Leyland believed Rondon had suffered
any number of injuries, ranging from his knee to hamstring. However, after
being evaluated by the team’s trainer, it became clear that Rondon had
sustained a minor back injury.
Following the slip, Rondon remained in the game, though he
did appear to be favoring his right leg. After a rain delay was issued, Rondon
was seen liming to the dugout.
As of last night, Leyland wasn’t sure if Rondon would be
available for tonight’s game. The rookie entered the season projected as the
Tigers’ closer, but instead he started the year in the minors. He’s since been
recalled, maintaining an ERA and WHIP of 3.51 and 1.247 over 25 appearances
spanning 25 2/3 innings.
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