Another one bites the dust.
Andrew Simon of MLB.com reports that the Tigers are announcing that reliever Bruce Rondon will have to have Tommy John surgery, thus ending his 2014 season. General Manager Dave Dombrowski said that Rondon had been complaining of soreness on Monday, and an evaluation from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday confirmed that he would need the surgery.
Rondon, 23, had been hailed as the closer of the future for the Detroit Tigers, possessing an electric fastball. The one concern with him was control, and as he was called up to replace Jose Valverde last season, showed that he still needed help with that. In only 30 games with the Tigers last season, Rondon went 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA, blowing two of three save attempts and walking eleven before being sent back down to the minors.
This season, Rondon was supposed to be in the mix for the 8th inning setup role as a bridge to Joe Nathan. Dombrowski says the club is confident with the options they have in house, one of which is proven setup man Phil Coke and free agent acquisition Joba Chamberlain.
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