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Hector Rondon | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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The Cubs have given Hector Rondon permission to pitch in the World Baseball Classic for Team Venezuela.
Whether Rondon actually pitches in the spring tournament is another matter. He is keeping an eye on his health after missing in the vicinity of a month with a strained right triceps in 2016. "He wants to work his way through the first part of camp and figure out for himself whether he's ready or not to do it at that time, which is a very mature approach on his part," explained manager Joe Maddon. Feb 15 - 7:13 PM

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Cubs and RHP Hector Rondon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.8 million contract.

Rondon was eligible for arbitration for the second time. The reliever posted a 3.53 ERA and 58/8 K/BB ratio over 51 innings last season for the Cubs while recording 18 saves.
Jan 13 - 12:33 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Hector Rondon's struggles this postseason are not due to an injury.

Rondon missed about three weeks with a right triceps strain late in the summer, but it appears there is no injury concern here. In his most recent outing, the 28-year-old right-hander came on with two runners aboard and two outs in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. The Cubs trailed 3-0 at the time and desperately needed to hold it right there. That wouldn't happen, as Rondon proceeded to surrender a three-run home run to Roberto Perez, essentially putting any real notion of a comeback to rest. He has surrendered runs in three of his six postseason appearances. Given that there is no injury here, Rondon should be available for the remainder of the World Series, though high-leverage work might not be in the cards in the immediate future.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 05:02:00 PM

Cubs activated RHP Hector Rondon from the 15-day disabled list.

Rondon wound up missing three weeks because of a right triceps strain. The setup man returns Tuesday to a stellar 2.47 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 51/6 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings for the season.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 05:00:00 PM

Hector Rondon (triceps) threw 22 pitches in a successful simulated game on Saturday.

As long as he's feeling no lingering soreness on Sunday, he's slated to be activated from the disabled list on Monday. The Cubs have missed his presence in front of Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning. The right-hander owns a terrific 2.47 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 51/6 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings on the season.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Hector Rondon (triceps) indicated Saturday that he's feeling much better and won't go to Triple-A Iowa for a rehab assignment.

He'll stay with the club and should be activated from the disabled list within the next few days. He has been on the shelf for nearly a month due to his triceps issue. He'll return to a setup role in front of closer Aroldis Chapman.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 11:42:00 AM

Hector Rondon (triceps) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

He'll pitch for Iowa on Saturday and Monday and then be activated if all goes well. Rondon has been dealing with a triceps issue for nearly a month.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Hector Rondon (triceps) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

Rodon threw an issue-free bullpen on Monday and will to repeat that feat on Thursday. A right triceps strain pushed him to the disabled list in mid-August. He needs to be cleared to face live hitters before he can take the next step in his rehab.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 07:14:00 PM

Hector Rondon (triceps) threw a successful bullpen session on Monday.

And he reported back to Wrigley Field with no issues on Tuesday. Rondon is planning to throw another bullpen session Thursday or Friday and could then be cleared to face live hitters. He's been on the disabled list since august 17 because of a right triceps strain.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 05:17:00 PM

Hector Rondon (triceps) reported feeling good after playing catch on Wednesday.

It was his first time throwing since he landed on the disabled list August 19, retroactive to August 17, with a right triceps strain. Rondon plans to throw on flat ground again in a couple days before possibly beginning mound work. There is no exact timetable for his return, but early-to-mid September seems about right at this point.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Cubs placed RHP Hector Rondon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 17, with a right triceps strain.

Rondon has been battling the issue for a week and a half and the Cubs eventually decided it would be best to give him a couple weeks off. He should be back when rosters expand in September.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 05:19:00 PM

Hector Rondon (triceps) took a loss and a blown save in his return to action Sunday night against the rival Cardinals.

Rondon entered the game in the top of the eighth inning with the Cubs up 3-1 and promptly gave away that lead. Kolten Wong singled, Greg Garcia singled, and then Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run bomb over the wall in left-center field. Brandon Moss added a solo shot one batter later. It was the first time Rondon had allowed two homers in one appearance. He said after the game that his arm felt fine, but that didn't look like the pitcher we saw over the first four months of the 2016 regular season. Rondon was making his first appearance since August 2.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 08:36:00 AM

Hector Rondon (triceps) is hoping to return on Saturday.

Rondon played catch for the second day in a row and will throw a bullpen session on Friday. He's missed the last couple days with a triceps injury but it's obviously nothing serious. He'll setup for closer Aroldis Chapman upon his return.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 05:46:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Hector Rondon (triceps) is "trending in the right direction."

Rondon played catch on Wednesday as he works his way back from an apparently-minor triceps injury. Maddon believes that with rest, the 28-year-old right-hander should be able to return to his strong bullpen ways in the very near future. While he was supplanted as closer by Aroldis Chapman at the trade deadline, that does nothing to change his sparkling 1.70 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 51/5 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 frames.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 08:38:00 PM

Hector Rondon was unavailable Tuesday due to a triceps issue.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he's optimistic Rondon will be fine after a little break. Rondon has not allowed a run since being moved into a setup role in late July with the arrival of Aroldis Chapman. He has a brilliant 1.70 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and 51/5 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings for the year.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 10:54:00 PM

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