Bruce Rondon RP DET 9 Hrs

Rondon (elbow) will throw at least one more live batting practice session before making his Grapefruit League debut, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Tigers have brought Rondon along slowly this spring, not wanting the right-hander to push it too hard and risk a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. GM Dave Dombrowki stressed to Rondon that he didn't need to see him throw 100 in the first days of camp. That said, it sounds like Rondon is nearing a return to game action, still less than a year removed from the reconstructive elbow procedure.

Bruce Rondon RP DET 15 Days

Rondon (elbow) threw roughly 35 pitches at about 50 percent in a bullpen session Tuesday, the Detroit Free Press reports.Rondon has logged a handful of bullpens in the weeks since he returned to the mound, tossing one every three days or so. The hard-throwing right-hander said after Tuesday's session that he feels "really good," and the plan is for him to slowly ramp up his intensity on the mound as the spring rolls on. Rondon missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, and GM Dave Dombrowski stressed that he didn't need to see Rondon throw 100 mph in the first days of camp.

Bruce Rondon RP DET 1 Month

Rondon (elbow) has been long-tossing and plans to throw five or six bullpen sessions in hopes of returning by the start of spring training, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Rondon missed all of 2014 after undergoing elbow surgery last spring, but is on track to return at around the time pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 19. He posted a 3.45 ERA in 30 games in his first stint with the big league club in 2013, and the 24-year-old should get another shot to work out of the bullpen in the majors in 2015.

Bruce Rondon RP DET 3 Months

Rondon (elbow) remains on track to be ready for the start of spring training, MLive.com reports.

The team's confidence in Rondon is one reason the Tigers have been unwilling to pay a premium for additional bullpen arms to this point in the offseason. Rondon is expected to report to Lakeland in January to being early preparations for spring training after missing all of 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. In his last healthy season in 2013, Rondon had a 70:24 K:BB over 58.1 innings split between Detroit and Triple-A Toledo.

Bruce Rondon RP DET 5 Months

Rondon (elbow) is expected to be ready for the start of spring training, James Shmehl of MLive.com reports.

Although he'll be less than 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery when pitchers and catchers report, Rondon should be ready to go, according to GM Dave Dombrowki. A candidate for the setup role coming into 2014 spring training, Rondon averaged better than 99 miles per hour on his fastball during his first run in the majors in 2013 and is still just 23 years old.

Bruce Rondon RP DET 11 Months

Tigers placed RHP Bruce Rondon on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Rondon is headed for Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the entire 2014 regular season.

Bruce Rondon RP DET 12 Months

Bruce Rondon needs Tommy John surgery and will miss all of the 2014 season.

Rondon dealt with elbow issues last season, but he was feeling fine in camp until earlier this week when he reported some soreness to the Tigers. As it turns out, an exam revealed the worst possible news. With Rondon on the shelf, Joba Chamberlain is the favorite to be Joe Nathan's setup man. Al Alburquerque should also see more high-leverage innings.

Bruce Rondon RP DET 12 Months

Bruce Rondon was scratched from his scheduled appearance on Friday due to a minor back injury.

The issue isn't believed to be serious, and the hefty right-hander is scheduled to take the hill on Saturday instead. The fire-balling 23-year-old is being entrusted as the primary setup man for Joe Nathan entering the 2014 season.

Bruce Rondon RP DET Aug 01 '79

Bruce Rondon was diagnosed last week by Dr. James Andrews with a flexor strain in his right elbow.

The Tigers had been labeling the injury as elbow "inflammation." Rondon appeared in only one game for Detroit after September 2 and may have to slightly alter his usual offseason routine. But he should be healthy by the start of spring training in 2014 and will likely be in the running to take over the Tigers' ninth-inning gig.

Bruce Rondon RP DET Jul 24 '79

Bruce Rondon (elbow) has resumed a throwing program.

Rondon had a light session of catch from about 90 feet on Saturday. The hard-throwing right-hander has appeared in just one game over the last six weeks due to right elbow inflammation, but the Tigers aren't ruling out adding him to the roster should they reach the World Series.