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Bruce Rondon feeling renewed discomfort in elbow

Sep 25, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

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Tigers setup man Bruce Rondon made his first appearance since September 2 on Tuesday night against the Twins and struck out all three batters he faced. But he might have to be shut down again.

According to beat writer Chris Iott of, the hard-throwing right-hander woke up Wednesday morning with renewed soreness in his troublesome pitching elbow. Tigers manager Jim Leyland would only describe the situation as “not good” and head trainer Kevin Rand chose not to speculate about the severity of the setback when probed by reporters.

Rondon, a 22-year-old from Venezuela, has a promising 3.45 ERA and 30/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings this season. Detroit is already missing left-hander Phil Coke, who is battling elbow problems of his own, and veteran right-hander Octavio Dotel, who was ruled out for the rest of the year in late August.

The Tigers will need some excellent performances from their starting pitchers this October.

  1. historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Hey, it’s not like he’d made a lot of appearances and leaves a big hole.

  2. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    the problem is, the starting pitching has seemed to wear down and cabrera is hurting. coupled with the fact that rondon was better than whoever else they are going to use and this team is regressing in relation to the means. this hurts worse than just losing another reliever.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      How was he better than anyone else they were gonna use?

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