Tigers’ Rondon to have Tommy John surgery

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon, Feb. 12, 2013, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon, Feb. 12, 2013, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow and will be sidelined for the entire season.

A candidate to become Detroit’s eighth-inning setup man, Rondon felt discomfort Monday after pitching a scoreless inning against Washington the previous day.

Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday that Rondon was examined Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews, and an MRI revealed the tear. Dombrowski said the 23-year-old will have surgery next week.

Rondon becomes the latest pitcher hurt during spring training and headed to Tommy John surgery, following Atlanta’s Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, and Oakland’s Jarrod Parker. Arizona’s Patrick Corbin also may need the procedure.

Rondon was 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA as a rookie last year, striking out 30 in 28 2-3 innings, and he had a 1.29 ERA in seven spring training games this year.

Dombrowski said the Tigers, who signed Joba Chamberlain during the offseason, will fill Rondon’s spot internally.

WOOD TV8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s