The Tigers wasted absolutely no time in shipping Bruce Rondon down to Triple-A Toledo after his rough start to the season. Rondon has given up six runs in his last two mound appearances and only recording one out. In his place, the Tigers have called upon Joe Jimenez. Jimenez is a hard throwing young prospect whose one Achilles heel is his slider.
This move comes as a shock to probably about one person who didn’t pay much attention to Rondon in spring training. The 26-year old was having a hard time finding command of his pitches. Detroit also cited the Venezuela’s offseason weight gain as a big contributed of the choice to send him down to the minors.
Here’s what other news is going down in the American League Central:
- The Twins are comin’ into the 2017 season hot, so knock on all of the wood.
- Here’s Francisco Lindor’s grand slam from last week set to the Titanic theme song because it would literally be a crime to not blend the two.
- The Royals have optioned Matt Strahm and Terrance Gore to the minors.
- The White Sox have placed Jake Petricka on the 10-day DL and recall Tommy Kahnle.
- Verlander’s curveball is looking miiiiighty fine.
- The Minnesota Twins Single-A affiliate is offering a ticket discount for United boarding passes. No, seriously.
- Trevor Bauer threw a lot of curveballs, so it’s nice to see his pinky finger has made a full recovery.
- Forbes has valued the Royals at $1 billion, a 10% increase from last year.
- Here’s what everyone in the White Sox minor league system is up to.
- Young Minnesota pitcher Jose Berrios threw six shutout innings in Triple-A.
- Corey Kluber’s back tightness doesn’t appear to be serious.
- Hot take: Raúl Mondesí should not be in the major leagues.