By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – After announcing Thursday that shortstop Jose Iglesias will miss four to six months due to stress fractures in both shins, the Detroit Tigers delivered more bad news Friday.
Hard-throwing reliever Bruce Rondon will have Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters at spring training that Rondon felt discomfort in his elbow earlier this week and that tests revealed a torn ligament, according to CBSSports.com. Dombrowski said the team will replace Rondon internally.
Rondon pitched in 30 games – 28.2 innings – for the Tigers in his rookie year of 2013 and recorded an ERA of 3.45. Rondon was slotted to be the setup man since Joaquin Benoit, who filled the role last season before being shuttled to closer, left after the season.
In addition to depriving the Tigers of their starting shortstop and probable eighth-inning reliever, injuries also claimed left fielder Andy Dirks. Dirks had microdiscectomy surgery to repair his back earlier this month and is expected to miss at least the first eight weeks of the season.