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Tigers place Octavio Dotel on DL, call up Bruce Rondon

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Will Bruce Rondon be the shutdown reliever that the Tigers have been seeking? (USATSI)

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The Tigers have placed right-hander Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his throwing arm. The move was made retroactive to April 20.

To take Dotel's spot on the active roster and in the bullpen, the Tigers have promoted hard-throwing reliever Bruce Rondon. Detroit manager Jim Leyland tells CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler that Rondon will not be the closer. While he may eventually get the chance to close some games, he's not being called up to be used in the ninth inning.

The 22-year-old Rondon, who was tabbed as a preseason top-100 prospect by both Baseball America and MLB.com, has pitched to a 2.43 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 1.96 K/BB ratio across parts of six minor-league seasons. In 2013, he's yet to allow a run in seven appearances for Triple-A Toledo. There's no doubt that Rondon misses bats with exceptional regularity, but his occasional lack of control could be exploited by hitters at the highest level. With that said, Rondon indeed has a high performance ceiling.

As for Dotel, the 39-year-old vet is saddled with an ERA of 13.50 in six appearances this season.

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