Bruce Rondon taking over closer duties for Tigers

Bruce Rondon will now serve as the Tigers' closer.
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The Detroit Tigers have a new closer. At least for now.

Manager Brad Ausmus made it clear that Bruce Rondon will now be his primary choice to close out games in save situations.

"The way Rondon has been pitching, I may end up giving him some more opportunities," Ausmus told reporters after Rondon got the final three outs in the Tigers' 7-4 win Wednesday night against the Royals. "It doesn't mean he will get all of them. He needs days off, too."

Rondon will replace Alex Wilson, who has been has been dealing with shoulder fatigue.

"Wilson is going to pitch at the back end of games somewhere, maybe the eighth, maybe even the ninth," Ausmus said.

Rondon hasn't allowed a run in his last six outings (5.2 innings) and just one hit. He earned his second save in two chances Wednesday, has a 5.60 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings this season.

(h/t The Detroit News)