The Detroit Tigers have announced that they will recall relief pitcher, Bruce Rondon from Toledo in time for Friday's game in Tampa Bay. The hard throwing right hander with the triple digit fastball was given the chance to open the season as the team's closer, but wildness in spring training delayed his major league debut and got him a ticket back to the minors.
UPDATE: The Tigers have optioned Evan Reed to Toledo to make room for Rondon.
In his brief major league debut with the Tigers earlier this season, Rondon made three appearances, which lasted just 2.1 innings, where he allowed three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout. In that tiny sample of work, he posted an ERA of 11.57 with a WHIP of 3.00 and blew his lone save opportunity against the Royals.
Since being sent back down, however, Rondon has been lights out as the Mud Hens' closer, posting 14 saves. He allowed only 14 hits in 29.2 innings with 40 strikeouts and 13 walks.
It is not immediately clear what role Rondon will fill in the Tigers' bullpen, but you can bet that they're not calling him up to sit on the bench. The Tigers recalled Al Alburquerque from Toledo when Jose Valverde was designated for assignment, despite Alburquerque demonstrating far less control during his time in the minors. He had been given late inning duty in Detroit, but it would seem apparent that Rondon would be better suited for such a role, along with Joaquin Benoit, the new closer, and Drew Smyly.
Rondon's recall means that the club will have to announce a corresponding roster move prior to Friday's game.