Bruce Rondon cleared for first game action since Tommy John surgery

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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.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).