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Detroit Tigers trade for shortstop, Bruce Rondon out for season

Just one day after the Detroit Tigers confirmed that Jose Iglesias’ injury will keep him out for 4-6 months, Dave Dombrowski made a trade with the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Andrew Romine. The 28-year old comes off a season in which he hit .258 in a career-high 123 plate appearances in the big leagues. Romine, who was ranked by Baseball America as the best defensive infielder...
March 21, 2014  |  1 Comment

Tigers' Rondon to have Tommy John surgery

Bruce Rondon's bumpy ride to the Detroit Tigers' bullpen hit a major sinkhole on Friday, when the Tigers announced he will undergo Tommy John surgery. "It came up suddenly," Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told the media in Florida. "He brought it up Monday." Now the Tigers have to fill a hole on the back end of their bullpen, in addition their problems at shortstop...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers' Rondon turns down heat to become complete pitcher

TAMPA, Fla. -- Bruce Rondon throws a 103 mph fastball, and when he burst onto the scene in spring training last year, that fireball gave him a Bunyanesque quality. All that was missing from Detroit Tigers practices and games was a circus barker: "Step right up and see the pitcher with an unbelievable 103 mph heater!" Rondon was given a chance to become the closer last season...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: three ‘x-factors’ for 2014

In baseball, most teams enter the season with known quantities, unproven youngsters, and some guys who need to step up, and the Detroit Tigers are no different. Detroit’s mix of lethal starting pitching and legitimate star power on offense is a given, and should be enough to put them in the pennant chase. But if a few key players are able to step and produce above their recent...
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers feature: Elbow problems keep Bruce Rondon's role uncertain

Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon was all set to become the Tigers' closer in 2013, and he even managed a save in April before getting demoted to the Minor Leagues. In addition, elbow problems developed later on, keeping the rookie from claiming the job for the 2013 season.Rondon came back to appear in 30 games total and still had an impressive record of 2-1, 3.45 ERA, and...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Building the 2014 Detroit Tigers – bullpen edition

One thing became abundantly clear as the Detroit Tigers failed in their quest for a World Series championship in 2013 – their bullpen must get better. In part 1 of ‘Building the 2014 Detroit Tigers’ I focused on the infield, and then in part 2 analyzed the outfield, and now we turn our attention to the pen. The list of relievers that failed the Tigers a season ago consists...
November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: Glen Perkins edition

What does Detroit Tigers reliever Phil Coke make you think of every time he takes the mound and coughs up run after run? I know what I think of: Glen Perkins. Perkins is the fireballing left-handed closer for the Minnesota Twins. To me, Perkins represents the ideal solution to the Tigers’ bullpen issues. So far in 2013 Perkins has posted 21 saves in 23 chances with a 1.82 ERA,...
July 18, 2013  |  1 Comment

Rondon struggles, goes back to Toledo

DETROIT -- The Bruce Rondon experiment is on hold once again. The Tigers optioned Rondon to Triple-A Toledo after Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Minnesota. Rondon hit 101 mph several times during the seventh, but two of those fastballs were hit for a triple and an RBI single. He retired only one of the five batters he faced, walking two and giving up the two hits. "He's...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Rondon might close for Venezuela in WBC

DETROIT -- Rookie Bruce Rondon, the Tigers' top prospect to close this season, is being considered by the Venezuelan national team to be its closer in the World Baseball Classic when competition begins in early March. I have heard a lot of talk about that, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said, but weve never been officially asked. Observations of Rondon during spring...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Bruce Rondon clears benches after throwing behind former Tiger Will Rhymes

Here’s video of Tigers pitching prospect Bruce Rondon throwing behind former Tigers infielder Will Rhymes who currently plays for Durham, Tampa Bay’s Triple-A affiliate. Rondon apparently threw behind Rhymes after Rhymes admired a home run he hit off of Mud Hens pitcher Drew Smyly in the second inning. Smyly was ejected from the game after hitting Durham catcher Nevin Ashley...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 12, 2012  |  Discuss
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