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Hector Rondon | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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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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. Aug 24 - 1:54 PM

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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.
Aug 19 - 5:19 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.
Aug 15 - 8:36 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.
Aug 11 - 5:46 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.
Aug 10 - 8:38 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.
Aug 9 - 10:54 PM

Hector Rondon notched his 18th save of the season Sunday in the Cubs' 5-4 defeat of the Brewers.

Rondon served up a two-out homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis but retired the other three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning at Miller Park -- two via strikeout. The right-hander holds a 1.95 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 48/5 K/BB ratio in 37 innings this season for the Cubs, but his days as a closer could be numbered with Theo Epstein and Co. searching the trade block for another elite late-inning arm.
Jul 24 - 6:44 PM

Hector Rondon converted his 17th save with a scoreless inning Friday against the Brewers.

Rondon struck out a pair in the frame and worked around a one-out walk to lock down the victory. He only has 17 saves this season, but four of them have come in the past two weeks. With a 1.75 ERA and 46/5 K/BB ratio in 36 innings, there’s no reason for Rondon to lose his closer job on merit, but the pecking order could change if the Cubs end up acquiring another late-inning reliever by August 1.
Jul 22 - 11:50 PM

Hector Rondon retired the only two batters he faced to nail down his 16th save of the season in Monday's win over the Mets.

It was about as easy as it comes as far as saves go, as Rondon entered with a four-run lead and two runners on and induced a double-play ball to end it. The Cubs have easily the best run differential in the majors, but since they've been in so many blowouts it hasn't led to many save chances for Rondon. However, with a 1.64 ERA and 42/4 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, he's been absurdly good when called upon.
Jul 18 - 10:52 PM

Hector Rondon earned his 14th save of the season Sunday in the Cubs' 6-5 defeat of the Pirates.

Rondon worked a perfect ninth inning, striking out one (Jung Ho Kang) of the three batters he faced. There haven't been abundant save opportunities this year for the 28-year-old right-hander, but maybe his luck will flip in the second half. He has a stellar 1.72 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 42/4 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings as we head into the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 4:51 PM

Hector Rondon pitched the last four outs of the game to earn his 13th save of the season on Friday.

Rondon has been fantastic this season. He has a 1.48 ERA with 34 strikeouts and only 3 walks in 25 2/3 innings as the closer for the best team in baseball. The reason he has only 13 saves for a 48-win team is because the Cubs usually win by more than three runs, denying Rondon an official save opportunity in those games.
Jun 24 - 11:26 PM

Hector Rondon blew his second save in as many days as the Cubs fell to the Nationals on Wednesday.

Anthony Rizzo launched a go-ahead two-run shot in the top of the ninth but Rondon couldn't make it stick. He walked Bryce Harper to lead off the bottom of the ninth and then served up a two-out RBI single to Wilson Ramos. Washington wound up winning in 12 innings. Rondon was 11-for-11 in save opportunities before Tuesday.
Jun 15 - 8:31 PM

Hector Rondon blew his first save of the season but earned a victory in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

It was a tough way to get your first blown save, as Rondon entered a one-run game in the eighth inning with a runner already on base. He gave up a single and then a sac fly before getting out of the frame. The Cubs then re-took the lead in the top of the ninth and Rondon pitched a spotless bottom of the frame. The run wasn't charted to him, so Rondon's ERA dropped to 1.23.
Jun 14 - 10:42 PM

Hector Rondon allowed a solo homer but hung on to record his 11th save of the season in Monday's win over the Phillies.

The Cubs entered the bottom of the ninth with a 6-0 lead, but Rondon was needed after Justin Grimm failed to record an out and served up a three-run homer. Rondon yielded a solo job of his own to Tommy Joseph and also had to pitch around a two-out, bloop single by Odubel Herrera, but he got it done. He's converted all 11 of his save chances.
Jun 6 - 11:26 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Hector Rondon (back) was available to pitch Thursday against the Dodgers.

He didn't end up pitching as the Cubs cruised to an easy 7-2 win, but Maddon probably would have used him in a close game. Rondon has been dealing with back stiffness but it's nothing fantasy owners need to worry about. The 28-year-old has pitched like an All-Star this year, recording a stellar 1.04 ERA over 17 1/3 innings. He's converted all nine of his save opportunities.
Jun 2 - 5:35 PM

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C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
7Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Mike Montgomery
5Joe Smith
6Trevor Cahill
7Carl Edwards Jr.
8Travis Wood
9Justin Grimm
10Zac Rosscup
11Rob Zastryzny
12Felix Pena