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Bruce Rondon (RP)

Detroit Tigers - 5% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Tigers' reporter James Schmehl is reporting that manager Brad Ausmus has sent closer Bruce Rondon home for the rest of the season due to "effort level." Schmehl also reports that Rondon's locker is empty. (Source: James Schmehl on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Well, that explains Rondon's diminished velocity on Monday. Rondon is clearly droppable in all formats. Expect Alex Wilson or Neftali Feliz to close for the Tigers going forward.


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Bruce Rondon managed to retire the side in order during the nightcap of the Tigers' doubleheader on Monday. Worryingly, however, his velocity was down in the low 90's after consistently touching 100 in each of his previous outings. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Rondon declined to speak with the media after the game, and Ausmus said that his closer is "fine." Still, if you're running Rondon out there, keep a close eye on how he performs in his next game.


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Brad Ausmus said on Sunday that the Tigers' player with the most left to prove this season is closer Bruce Rondon. "We need to see outs - strikes and outs," said Ausmus. "That doesn't just apply to him. It applies to everybody. But he's got tremendous ability." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Rondon appears to be locked in as the Tigers' closer for the rest of the year. He's a low-end option, as the Tigers' terrible starting pitching doesn't afford him with many save opportunities. Still, if you need closing help, he's got the full-time job.


Bruce Rondon struck out two in a perfect inning of relief on Sunday as the Tigers lost to the Rangers 4-2. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The Tigers haven't had a save opportunity arise since they won on August 15, so Rondon was likely just put out there to keep him sharp. He has struggled recently, but this performance likely secures his tenuous hold on the closing job for now.


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Despite giving up a game-tying homer in the ninth inning on Saturday, Tigers' coach Brad Ausmus said that Rondon still has the closer job going forward.

Fantasy Impact: Rondon had two saves without incident before Saturday, though his 5.79 ERA is far from ideal. With a 13.8 K/9, however, Rondon's upside is tremendous. If Rondon struggles again, it is likely that Alex Wilson would be the man going forward.


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Bruce Rondon (biceps) was shut down from throwing over the weekend. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: An MRI last week showed no structural damage, but this is not a good sign. Rondon could potentially be a great option for a closer for the Tigers, with a fastball that reaches triple digits and great strikeout potential. With both Joe Nathan and Bruce Rondon on the DL, Soria is the man to own in the Tigers' bullpen, although it is possible none of the three end up with 20 saves this season.


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Tigers RP will start the regular season on the DL, the team has confirmed. (Source: George Sipple on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rondon was slated to pitch in his second game in as many days on Wednesday, but he was scratched after waking up with a sore shoulder. Even before the injury, Rondon was not a lock to make the Tigers' Opening Day bullpen.


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The flame-throwing righty didn't make the trip to Clearwater due to a sore neck. Coach Brad Ausmus said, "He was better this morning as well, but not well enough to pitch." (Source: Adam Berry)

Fantasy Impact: Rondon will be exciting to watch if healthy, but will not offer any fantasy value unless a couple of arms in the Tiger pen go down.


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Coming back from Tommy John surgery, Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless inning Thursday in his first appearance of the Spring.

Fantasy Impact: With a fastball that approaches triple digits, Rondon certainly has the makeup of a closer with high strikeout potential. Although Tigers manager Brad Ausmus doesn't seem willing to budge from having Joe Nathan cemented in as the closer, that could change if Nathan has another bad year. Joakim Soria would likely be first in line for closer duties should Nathan falter, but Rondon would be the better fantasy player due to the strikeout potential. Keep Rondon on your radar as a sleeper.


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