Well, if you watched yesterday’s dumpster fire of a game, you might have seen this coming…Bruce Rondon has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo after giving up 4 runs in the eight inning without getting an out.
This all started for Rondon in spring training after showing a noticeable drop in velocity and incurring a 7.36 ERA in 6 games pitched, where he gave up 6 earned, on 3 homers, with 6 walks, 10K’s, and a .259 average against and a 1.77 WHIP. Concerns were eased a bit when he came in and pitched a scoreless inning in the first game of the season, but was hit hard on Opening Day in Detroit, giving up 3 earned, while recording just an out. Yesterday’s apperance sank his ship however as Rondon gave up another 3 and blowing a lead for an eventual loss in yesterday’s game.
In Rondon’s roster spot, Joe Jimenez will make his Majoe League debut as a 22-year old, after pitching 4-seasons in the minors. As a minor leaguer, Jimenez has a combined 1.57 ERA in 128 games, with a 53 saves, has given up just 4 homers, had a WHIP of 0.865, walk per 9 rate of 2.6, and K per 9 rate of 13.
Justin Wilson will repelace Rondon as the main bullpen arm in the setup role.