Another pitcher headed for Tommy John surgery, more terrible injury news for the Detroit Tigers.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski announed Friday that Bruce Rondon, the club's hard-throwing setup man, needs Tommy John surgery and thus will miss the entire 2014 season. Not the greatest news considering the Tigers are still trying to figure out what to do at shortstop since Jose Iglesias might be out for the year. The team already lost outfielder Andy Dirks to back surgery too. He'll be sidelined for 12 weeks.
MLive.com's Chris Iott gives us the details on Rondon:
Dombrowski said Rondon complained of discomfort in his elbow Monday and was checked out by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Dombrowski said that since Rondon will undergo surgery soon that the Tigers are hopeful he will be ready for the start of the 2015 season.
Dombrowski said Rondon felt fine prior to mentioning the discomfort on Monday.
In the past 10 days, we've learned about Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Jarrod Parker and Patrick Corbin all needing Tommy John surgery. It's a rash of injuries, but not a surprising one, considering the pitching elbow's volatility. Rondon, a 23-year-old with a 100-mph fastball who is in his second season, now joins the Tommy John list with only 28.2 innings pitched for his career.
The Tigers made bullpen improvement a priority in the offseason, signing closer Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain, who now figures to the team's setup man. Losing Rondon isn't as bad since those guys are now in Detroit, but given everything else the Tigers are dealing with right now, it's not the news anybody wanted to hear.
Definitely not rookie manager Brad Ausmus.
Asked how he's holding up under injury news, Ausmus joked, "I just bought my first pack of Marlboros," a reference to Jim Leyland's habit.— Freep Tigers (@freeptigers) March 21, 2014
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