Rotowire: Jan 28 / 12:47p ET
News: 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.
Impact: Rondon missed all of 2014 after undergoing elbow surgery last spring, but is on track to return around the time pitchers and catchers report 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.
Rotowire: Dec 9 / 10:56a ET
News: Rondon (elbow) remains on track to be ready for the start of spring training, MLive.com reports.
Impact: 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.