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Bruce Rondon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 275
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Bruce Rondon has been sent home as a result of his "effort level."
In other words, they didn't think he was showing enough of it. Rondon was recently given an opportunity to show if he can be the closer of the future for Detroit, but he has blown three out of his last four save opportunities. And now he'll get an early start on his offseason. Alex Wilson and Neftali Feliz will handle save chances the rest of the way. Sep 22 - 3:50 PM

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Bruce Rondon took his third blown save after allowing an unearned run Wednesday against the Tigers.

The run was unearned because of a passed ball, though he almost certainly would have given up the run if not for it. It's the third time in four outings that he's allowed a run, and if the Tigers had better options, he probably wouldn't be closing any longer.
Sep 17 - 1:51 AM

Bruce Rondon allowed a run but escaped with the save Tuesday against the Twins.

Rondon, the Tigers' closer by default down the stretch, gave up a walk and an RBI double to make things interesting in the ninth. But with the tying run at second base and the winning run at the plate, Rondon struck out Miguel Sano to end the threat. The right-hander has five saves to go with a 6.11 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 28 innings.
Sep 16 - 12:28 AM

Bruce Rondon earned his fourth save of the season in the Tigers' defeat of the Rays on Monday.

Rondon issued two walks and a single in the top of the ninth inning, but he induced a groundout from Logan Forsythe to end the threat. The hard-throwing 24-year-old is auditioning to become the Tigers' long-term ninth inning man as the under-.500 club plays out the string.
Sep 7 - 4:16 PM

Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Royals to earn his third save.

It wouldn't be a Bruce Rondon appearance if he didn't play with at least a little fire, issuing a two-out walk to Ben Zobrist and promptly letting Zobrist steal second with Lorenzo Cain, one of the game's best hitters, at the plate, but Rondon got Cain to ground out to end it. He struck out one in the inning. Save chances have been scarce in recent weeks but it appears the 24-year-old is still the man for the job. Rondon has a shaky 6.56 ERA and 1.54 WHIP through 23 1/3 innings.
Sep 2 - 12:16 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Bruce Rondon blew a save Saturday that Rondon would get the save chance if one arose on Sunday.

Rondon allowed a game-tying homer to the Astros' Preston Tucker in the ninth inning Saturday, but Ausmus plans to stick with the big righty as his closer for now. "If we had a save tomorrow," Ausmus said Saturday, "he would close, assuming he's fine." Alex Wilson is nice in line for saves should Rondon falter.
Aug 16 - 2:36 PM

Bruce Rondon blew a save Saturday in the Tigers' eventual win over the Astros.

Rondon was handed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth but could not convert, serving up a game-tying solo shot to Houston's Preston Tucker. Neftali Feliz stepped in and earned the save after the Tigers rallied in the 11th. It's looking the closer role in Detroit will be a mixed bag down the stretch, though Rondon is probably still the guy to own.
Aug 15 - 11:01 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Bruce Rondon that he "may end up giving him some more (save) opportunities."

Alex Wilson earned the first two save chances for the Tigers after the Joakim Soria trade and converted both of them. However, he had a shoulder issue crop up, which led to Rondon being used the last two times in the ninth. "Well the way Rondon has been pitching, I may end up giving him some more opportunities," Ausmus said. "Doesn’t mean all of them. Rondon is obviously going to need days (off) as well, and Wilson would get opportunities then. Wilson is going to pitch in the back end somewhere. It may be in the ninth, it may be in the eighth." It sounds like Rondon is probably the safest bet to be used as the closer for now, although Ausmus wasn't exactly clear-cut. Both relievers should be owned in fantasy leagues.
Aug 14 - 12:11 PM

Bruce Rondon held the Royals scoreless in the ninth inning to earn his second save as the Tigers enjoyed a 7-4 victory on Wednesday.

With one out, Rondon hit Alex Rios with a pitch, then walked Omar Infante to bring the tying run to the plate. He fanned Drew Butera, then got Alcides Escobar to fly out to end the game. Rondon also got the save on Saturday and has pitched in the eighth or ninth inning dating back to late July. The Tigers have had bullpen strife and Rondon could be relied upon for saves down the stretch. Since debuting on June 25, he has a 5.60 ERA with a 26/7 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings.
Aug 12 - 11:37 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers optioned Rondon to Toledo earlier this month after activating him from the disabled list, as they felt he wasn't ready to contribute yet. He had three scoreless appearances since then and evidently that was enough to earn a shot. The hard-thrower will be used in low-leverage situations initially but could earn a more integral role if he pitches well.
Jun 24 - 3:46 PM

Tigers activated RHP Bruce Rondon from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

Rondon has allowed 15 hits, five walks, and 10 earned runs in 8 2/3 rehab innings at Toledo, so the Tigers will ask him to get a bit more work in the minors before considering him for their major league bullpen. Rondon missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery and he hasn't pitched in the bigs this year due to biceps tendinitis.
Jun 15 - 12:50 PM

Bruce Rondon (biceps) is expected to appear in another minor league rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

If all goes well, the expectation is that he will then be activated from the disabled list and return to a setup role in the Tigers bullpen. He has missed the entire season to date due to biceps tendinitis.
Jun 13 - 2:09 PM

Bruce Rondon (biceps) could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Rondon has allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings in his first five rehab appearances and will make a sixth appearance with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. The hard-throwing reliever has been out all season with right biceps tendinitis.
Jun 2 - 8:50 PM

Bruce Rondon (biceps) is hoping to rejoin the Tigers' bullpen by the middle of next week.

Rondon had a 1-2-3 inning Sunday in his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo, hitting 98 mph a couple times on the radar gun. The goal is for him to make back-to-back appearances on Friday and Saturday and then a final appearance of more than one inning after that. If he gets through that with no issues, he'll be activated. Rondon has been out all season with right biceps tendinitis.
May 25 - 4:52 PM

Bruce Rondon (biceps) touched 99 miles per hour on the radar gun during his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.

The hefty right-hander allowed one run on two hits over his 2/3 of an inning, throwing 14 of his 22 pitches for strikes. As long as he feels good after this outing, he'll work again on Sunday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has indicated that he'd like Rondon to work on back-to-back days at Toledo before he's cleared to rejoin the Tigers bullpen, which could happen before the end of the month.
May 21 - 9:05 PM

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R1Francisco Rodriguez
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