DETROIT Bruce Rondon is back, but what are the implications?
The Detroit Tigers announced the recall of the pitcher they hope will be their closer of the future Friday afternoon. Detroit opens a three-game series tonight with the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.
How Rondon, 22, fits into the bullpen at this time will correlate directly with how well he performs. Rondon must prove worthy of late-inning assignments with the game on the line.
Rondon pitched three games in one week earlier this season for Detroit, but was sent back to Toledo after running his earned run average up to 11.57 on May 1. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out one in 2 13 innings. Rondons command was lacking and his fastball, while hitting 100 mph, lacked movement.
He has been dominating at Triple-A Toledo, and when his success was brought up to Tigers manager Jim Leyland a few weeks ago, he said, Hes doing good. But I want him to stay there for now. Let him keep pitching down there and im...