Rondon (elbow) tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, and could be available as a relief option during the club's series opener in Milwaukee on Thursday, Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune reports. Rondon felt good following the bullpen, which comes less than a week removed from being "shut down" due to elbow inflammation. Even if manager Joe Maddon elects to give the right-hander a couple more days off, it appears as though he's nearing full health and should be ready to go moving forward.
Rondon (elbow) played catch Tuesday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Rondon will return to the mound Wednesday for the first time since an MRI revealed bone chips in his elbow last week. There should be a clearer timetable for his return following Wednesday's bullpen, but he's no lock to return before the end of the season.
Rondon recently underwent an MRI which revealed bone chips in his elbow, CBS Chicago reports. No structural damage was found, but the bone chips are causing inflammation in the elbow. Rondon was treated with a cortisone shot and will not throw for a week. If he makes it back at all before the end of the regular season, Rondon will have a very limited window to contribute.
Rondon (4-1) recorded the win Tuesday against the Reds by retiring the only batter he faced. Wins don't get much easier than this, as Rondon threw just seven pitches to close out the sixth inning. The Cubs then scored four runs in the top of the seventh to make Rondon the pitcher of record. He's still got a weak 4.56 ERA and 1.33 WHIP after posting 3.53 and 0.98 marks last season, respectively.
Rondon was unavailable Tuesday due to back stiffness, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. The issue is not believed to be serious, but Rondon's availability for Wednesday's series finale is up in the air. Rondon has not appeared in a game since Aug. 1.