He’ll be held out of his next scheduled appearance and throw on the side instead – in an effort to solve some control problems.
The Tigers have never anointed Rondon as their closer, of course. Manager Jim Leyland has made it very clear he is only a candidate – and one of the reasons why is exactly what the Tigers are encountering now.
They had no idea how Rondon would pitch this spring.
And now that he’s stumbled a few times, they’re taking quick measures to get the flaws corrected.
Plan B for the Tigers, however, is murky. As Leyland has said, he has pitchers who can save a game or two, but he isn’t sure he has a pitcher who can close all year.
It’s too early to stamp this a setback, because the mechanical flaw might be easily corrected.
But if it isn’t, the Tigers have a major problem. Rondon can’t close if he doesn’t throw strikes.