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Tigers Option Rondon To Triple-A, Will Close By Committee

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KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 08: Bruce Rondon of Venezuela and the Detroit Tigers during player introductions prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 8, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MO – JULY 08: Bruce Rondon of Venezuela and the Detroit Tigers during player introductions prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 8, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Tigers held the closer job open for Bruce Rondon.

It’s still open.

Rondon, a rookie right-hander who can throw 100 mph but can’t always throw strikes or get hitters out, was optioned to Triple-A Toledo Thursday morning, leaving one of baseball’s best teams without a true closer.

“We felt he could benefit from more development time,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Lakeland, Fla.

The Tigers are expected to go with a closer by committee to open the season. Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel and Al Alburquerque are all possibilities to get save opportunities, but none of those pitchers profiles as a full-time closer.

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