Rondon picked up the win Saturday against the Blue Jays. He allowed one hit (a home run) and one earned run in 1.0 innings of work. He was dinged with a blow save after giving up a long ball to Devon Travis. Rondon has looked a bit rattled his last two outings and has surrendered three hits, including two home runs, in his last 2.0 innings. His new-found maturity should help him re-stabilize his game after these two home runs and when it does, Rondon should get back on track to prove he's finally becoming the guy the Tigers have always thought he'd be.
Rondon lost 15 pounds while he was in Triple-A and has developed a new delivery that has reduced the number of walks he has given up and increased his velocity. He touched 100 mph with his fastball five times in 2.0 innings of work Sunday. Gone is Rondon's exaggerated hip swing, replaced with a more straight-line delivery. And best of all, his attitude is a lot better than it was last September when he was sent home for his "effort level." Manager Brad Ausmus likes what he sees, especially after Rondon got three strikeouts in 2.0 innings Sunday. "If he continues to pitch like that, he could pitch the back-third of the game," said Ausmus. Get him on your fantasy radar -- holds could soon come Rondon's way if he continues like this.
Rondon was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday. Both Rondon and Kyle Ryan were brought in from the minors Sunday to offer fresh arms for an overtaxed bullpen. With a 3.74 ERA and 30:16 K:BB ratio over 21.2 innings, Rondon wasn't a standout contributor at Triple-A, so look for him to assume a low-leverage role during his stay with the Tigers.
Rondon's control continues to elude him in Triple-A. He delivered three hits, two runs, three walks and three strikeouts in just two innings on Thursday. Rondon's season isn't much better: 10 games, 10.2 innings, 12 hits, 10 walks and 14 strikeouts. He won't be back in Detroit any time soon.
Rondon (leg) was activated from the minor-league disabled list this week. Rondon missed over half of April with his leg injury, but he returned to the mound May 1, and has already appeared in three games this month. Rondon has posted a 4.91 ERA and 2.45 WHIP in his four outings this season, but he has 65 big league appearances under his belt, so he figures to be an option for the big league club at some point if he gets back on track.