Good news for the Tigers’ bullpen, as hard-throwing right-hander Bruce Rondon is ready for his first game action since Tommy John surgery.
According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Rondon has been cleared to pitch in Thursday’s game against the Phillies. The 24-year-old passed his final test earlier today when he threw 35 pitches in a live batting practice session, mixing in fastballs as well as sliders and changeups. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called it “very good.”
Rondon is not even a year removed from Tommy John surgery right now, as he was diagnosed with his elbow injury toward the end of spring training last March. However, there’s still still enough time for him to get tuned up for the start of the 2015 regular season if he can avoid setbacks.
Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA and 30/11 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings as a rookie in 2013. He’s capable of emerging as a powerful late-inning arm.