Bruce Rondon RUMORS & NEWS

  • Tigers' Bruce Rondon involved in Winter League brawl

    CBS Sports "Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon, you'll recall, was sent home in September for what the team said were problems with his "effort level." Right now, Rondon, 25, is participating in Winter League play in his native Venezuela. As it turns out, this offseason Rondon remains no stranger to controversy ......" December 13

  • Rondon will have to earn clean slate in 2016

    Detroit News "There is an offseason plan in place for the Tigers' deposed closer Bruce Rondon. Whether he follows the plan, well, that remains to be seen. Rondon, whom the Tigers sent home on Sept. 22 because of poor effort, is scheduled to pitch winter ball near his home in Venezuela — for Navegantes del..." November 04

  • Tigers not giving up on reliever Bruce Rondon after sending stern message

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers wanted to send a message to Bruce Rondon. The 24-year-old reliever heard it loud and clear. In an effort to work his way back into the team's good graces, Rondon was the first player to volunteer to be part of TigerFest and the winter caravan in January. It's the first..." October 13

  • Tigers send closer Bruce Rondon away from team for lack of effort

    CBS Sports "The Tigers have basically kicked reliever Bruce Rondon off the team for the remainder of the season. Check this out: Rondon, 24, has been handling closing duties for the Tigers, though he hasn't been doing it well. He's blown three of his last four opportunities while giving up runs in four of..." September 22

  • Tigers give Bruce Rondon shot as closer

    Detroit News "Alex Wilson didn’t lose the closer’s role but, at least for the time being, it’s not his anymore. Manager Brad Ausmus, in both word and deed, made it clear that Bruce Rondon will now be his primary choice to pitch the ninth inning when the Tigers have a lead of three runs or fewer. “The way..." August 14

  • Tigers' Verlander, Rondon both will start on DL

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers pitchers Justin Verlander and Bruce Rondon will begin the season on the disabled list, manager Brad Ausmus said today. The Tigers' season starts Monday. Ausmus is "optimistic" that Verlander (triceps cramp) can make his regular season debut against the Cleveland Indians on April..." April 02

  • Rondon scratched from outing with sore shoulder "The biggest news out of the Tigers’ bullpen parade Wednesday took place without a pitch being thrown. Bruce Rondon was supposed to throw, pitching in back-to-back games, until he woke up with a sore shoulder that didn’t go away when he tried to stretch out during pregame warm-ups at Osceola County..." April 01

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Bruce Rondon to have Tommy John surgery.

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    In addition Bruce Rondon saw Dr. Andrews last week was diagnosed with flexor strain.

  • Iglesias declares himself ready for playoffs, Rondon and Coke not likely "Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias whose bruised left hand that sidelined him for a week still bothered him in the season-ending series in Miami said he's fine for the playoffs and shouldn't be limited. "I'm good" Iglesias said. Iglesias started all three games against the Marlins but said after..." October 01

  • Jim Leyland: Bruce Rondon's status 'not good'

    Detroit Free Press "The temporary euphoria over Bruce Rondon’s unhittable performance on Tuesday night vanished today with two words from Jim Leyland. “Not good” the Tigers manager said when asked how Rondon was feeling. Rondon pitched Tuesday night after he missed three weeks because of a sore elbow. The..." September 26

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Bruce Rondon has been cleared to pitch tonight.

  • Tigers call up reliever Bruce Rondon, but he won't close

    Detroit News "Bruce Rondon is back with the Tigers, but without the speculation of how he’s going to be used. The Tigers put that to rest on Friday as soon as he arrived. “He’s not going to close,” manager Jim Leyland said. Not even when Joaquin Benoit isn’t available? Leyland wasn’t as definitive..." June 29

  • Reliever Bruce Rondon close to a return to Tigers

    Detroit News "Because their schedules are, mercifully, a month shorter than the big league calendar, minor league teams already have reached the one-third mark of their seasons. It's a good time to inspect 10 Tigers prospects and their presumed progress. Note that players already on the Tigers active roster..." May 27

  • Despite demotion, Tigers' Bruce Rondon isn't finished

    Detroit Free Press "The Tigers love power arms. It’s why they still love Bruce Rondon. The Tigers have a pitching staff capable of shattering records for strikeouts. When you have guys who can make batters regularly miss on two-strike pitches, you cherish them. You offer them a little longer leash. But..." May 02

  • Tigers newcomer Bruce Rondon will be quickly pressed into action

    Detroit News "Bruce Rondon's debut in Detroit is on hold. Not because of anything that happened. Because rain postponed Tuesday's game against the Royals at Comerica Park. Game 1 of the series is today. Still, the reliever will get an opportunity — maybe as early as tonight — to show his worth as the..." April 24

  • Detroit Tigers call up reliever Bruce Rondon

    Detroit News "Bruce Rondon's three-week apprenticeship at Triple A Toledo ended Tuesday when the Tigers summoned their hard-throwing rookie right-handed reliever ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Rondon will replace right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel, who has..." April 23

  • Tigers' closer prospect Rondon struggles

    Fox Sports Detroit "Tigers manager Jim Leyland is tired of talking about Bruce Rondon, even though Leyland knows he has to make a decision soon. Rondon probably can't do anything without feeling he's under a microscope these days. Pitching on the second of back-to-back days, Rondon allowed two runs on two hits,..." March 28

  • Tigers option Rondon; no set closer to open '13 "The Tigers will open the season with a closer by committee. It just won't include their closer of the future. Detroit set its pitching staff Thursday morning by optioning hard-throwing prospect Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo, along with long reliever Luis Marte. With that, the seven-man..." March 28

  • Tigers send down closer candidate Bruce Rondon

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers today optioned relief pitchers Bruce Rondon and Luis Marte to Triple-A Toledo, paring their roster to 26 players. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the team will go with a closer by committee to start the season. The committee could include Octavio Dotel, Al..." March 28

  • Tigers' Bruce Rondon mixes pitches well in his best outing

    Detroit Free Press "Bruce Rondon had his best outing of the spring. The Tigers rookie reliever threw 12 pitches, eight for strikes, in the ninth inning of a 9-1 win over the New York Mets at Tradition Field on Thursday. "He was a little better," manager Jim Leyland said. "He threw some swing-and-miss breaking..." March 15

  • Jim Leyland says Bruce Rondon doesn't have to be closer to make Tigers

    Detroit News "Pitching was Tuesday's topic as Jim Leyland leased the visiting manager's office at Bright House Field, where the Tigers thrashed the Phillies, 10-6. Starting pitching. Relief pitching. Depth. Numbers. Decisions. Leyland spoke first of the baby-steps approach with closer candidate Bruce..." March 13

  • Tigers' closer candidate Bruce Rondon mixes it up in strong effort

    Detroit News "Last time out, Bruce Rondon fired one fastball after another. This time out, he mixed in a half-dozen off-speed pitches. Each time, the results were good — plenty encouraging for a Tigers team still trying to figure out who's going to close games for them in 2013. "We want him to use all..." March 12

  • Detroit Tigers' Bruce Rondon to work on mechanics during side session in place of next outing

    Michigan Live "Bruce Rondon struggled in his most recent outing. His next outing is being delayed by a couple days. Rondon will work on mechanical issues in a side session Wednesday. Detroit Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said Monday morning that Rondon is likely to pitch Friday against the New York..." March 04

  • Rondon shaky; Tigers GM says club not eyeing another closer -- yet

    CBS Sports "The Tigers may not have a closer issue yet, but they could be working toward one if hard-throwing 22-year-old Bruce Rondon doesn't find the strike zone. There have been hints out of Tigers camp that longtime manager Jim Leyland is concerned about the current closer situation. However, Tigers..." March 04

  • Tigers skipping next appearance by Bruce Rondon

    Detroit Free Press "After his latest bout of control trouble Sunday, prospective Detroit Tigers closer Bruce Rondon will skip his next exhibition outing and instead throw a session in the bullpen to work on his mechanics. "We saw a couple of things on tape that he is doing differently than last year," pitching..." March 04

  • Tigers' Bruce Rondon gives up first run of spring vs. Mets, takes loss

    Detroit Free Press "Potential Detroit Tigers closer Bruce Rondon gave up his first run in three spring training outings today. Entering for the fifth, he allowed a leadoff single to Justin Turner. Rondon retired the next two hitters, then -- with the runner on third -- did something that usually is a bad idea for..." March 02

  • Tigers starting to see risks of Bruce Rondon as closer

    Detroit News "Yes, it was daring of the normally buttoned-down Dave Dombrowski to be so bold. He expected a 22-year-old kid minus a lick of big-league experience to dash from the Tigers bullpen and become his team's closer in 2013. Dombrowski decided last autumn, after Jose Valverde had blown to pieces..." March 02

  • In latest audition to be Tigers closer, Bruce Rondon walks two, strikes out two

    Detroit News "He'll correct it every time. And so far, he has. Whenever Jim Leyland believes the cart is being put before the horse this spring — which usually coincides with someone referring to Bruce Rondon as the closer — the Tigers manager sets the record straight. "I don't know who you are talking..." February 27

  • Tigers' Bruce Rondon impresses everyone in his scoreless inning

    Detroit News "Fast. That's how Bruce Rondon looked in his first outing of the spring on Saturday — pitching a scoreless, but eventful fifth inning in the Tigers' 10-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Marchant Stadium. "He threw some fastballs I didn't see, but they somehow ended up in my glove," catcher..." February 24

  • Tigers' Bruce Rondon 'has the stuff to be closer'

    Detroit Free Press "For perspective on pitching, Buck Martinez is a good man to talk to. He caught more than 1,000 games in the big leagues. He managed the Blue Jays. And for more than two decades, Martinez has dispensed his insight on telecasts in the U.S. and Canada. On Saturday, he did the Toronto telecast..." February 24

  • Tigers' Bruce Rondon passes first test in quest to become closer

    Detroit Free Press "Bruce Rondon passed his first minor test of spring training Sunday afternoon in his quest to become the Tigers' closer. Throwing against batters for the first time, facing his first dose of pressure, Rondon didn't appear nervous. He didn't look overwhelmed. He stayed around the strike zone and..." February 18

  • Tigers decision to try Bruce Rondon as closer not as big a risk

    Detroit News "Few, if any, Tigers fans wanted to see Jose Valverde in the Old English D after his repeated implosions during the 2012 playoffs. Forget watching him close the ninth inning. Nobody wanted to see him pitching in the eighth, seventh sixth or fifth innings, either. No lead was too big to be..." February 18

  • Tigers brass quietly observes rookie right-hander Bruce Rondon

    Detroit News "He threw hard, but not his hardest. He threw well, but it's far too early for him to be at his best. Bruce Rondon, the right-hander who hasn't been named the Tigers' closer yet but will be given an excellent chance to win the job, faced hitters in batting practice for the first time this..." February 18

  • Tigers' closer candidate Bruce Rondon has speed, confidence

    Detroit Free Press "Bruce Rondon, the rookie pitcher with the golden arm, stood in the Tigers' clubhouse. "What's the fastest you have ever thrown?" I asked. "Here in Florida, 104," he said through a translator. This is magical, mythical territory, even if it was during a minor league game. "Can you..." February 17

  • Tigers: Can Bruce Rondon close?

    Bless You Boys "This story probably carries the most weight of the spring. First off, we'd be interested in Bruce Rondon anyway. He's a 22-year-old kid who throws fire and quickly rose through the Tigers' minor-league ranks as a closer. He even made an eye-catching appearance in the Futures Game. We'd be..." February 14

  • Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon catches Alex Avila's eye

    Detroit News "So now the catcher has caught him — and has given his stamp of approval. It's one thing for a general manager to hope that all goes well with a new closer, especially when that closer — if, indeed, he wins the job — will be a rookie. It's another thing for a manager to feel good about the..." February 14

  • Tigers' Alex Avila, after bullpen session: Bruce Rondon pitching arsenal 'as advertised'

    Detroit Free Press "There were push-downs, but no push-ups. During the Tigers' first workout of spring training Tuesday, manager Jim Leyland instructed a group of pitchers on how to field a ball -- such as a bunt -- after it had come to a stop. "Push it down into the ground," Leyland commanded, demonstrating..." February 13

  • Bruce Rondon extremely likely to start season as closer for Detroit Tigers

    Michigan Live "For the next seven weeks, Detroit Tigers fans will analyze every move right-hander Bruce Rondon makes. The spotlight will be focused squarely on him. But it will be at least seven weeks and one day -- Opening Day in Minneapolis -- before the rookie closer faces his first true test. Rondon can..." February 11

  • Tigers' Dave Dombrowski: Bruce Rondon must win closer job in camp

    Detroit Free Press "General manager Dave Dombrowski addressed four of the Tigers' major issues Tuesday entering next week's start of spring training. He spoke at the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association meeting at Hockeytown Café. THE CLOSER: Bruce Rondon, a 22-year-old, 6-foot-3, 265-pound rookie with a big..." February 06

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