Rondon sent to Toledo, Tigers will use closer by committee

(WXYZ) - The Closer of the Future is not going to be the Tigers Closer of Now.

Bruce Rondon was sent to Triple-A Toledo Thursday morning, in the final cuts to the pitching staff before Opening Day.

The 22-year old was competing for the team's closer role, but struggled throughout camp to fully impress the staff he was ready to be an everyday pitcher.

The team will now use a committee of pitchers to close games. Phil Coke worked as the team's closer in the playoffs last season once Jose Valverde faltered. Octavio Dotel, Al Alburquerque, and Joaquin Benoit are also all capable of finishing games.

Rondon throws as hard as 103 m.p.h. He passes the eye test for being a true talent, but his numbers didn't. In 13 performances since camp opened, he complied a 5.84 ERA over 12 1/3 innings, allowing 17 hits, nine walks, eight earned runs. He struck out 19 in the spring.

The Tigers roster is now down to 26 as Luis Marte was also optioned to Toledo.

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