Tigers to decide on Rondon after Sunday rehab outing

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon is scheduled to make his ninth rehab appearance Sunday. He will be with Triple A Toledo in Pawtucket.

His eighth appearance on Friday went much better than the stat line may have indicated.

"He threw well," manager Brad Ausmus said. "The linescore is very misleading."

Rondon threw 16 pitches, 13 strikes and was charged with two runs (one earned) and two hits with two strikeouts in one inning. One of the hits was a pop-up that fell in.

Ausmus called it a step forward.

"He will have one more rehab outing Sunday and we will make a decision at that point," he said.

Rondon, who has given up 10 earned runs, 14 hits and four walks in 72/3 innings over eight appearances with Toledo, has been on the disabled list all season with biceps tendinitis.

Injury updates

… Catcher Alex Avila (left knee) took batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time since last weekend in Chicago.

… Pitcher Kyle Lobstein (shoulder) had a cortisone shot to alleviate the persistent pain and swelling. "He had another MRI and it looked the same, not worse," Ausmus said. "They think the cortisone will knock the inflammation out."

… Ausmus had right-handed hitting Rajai Davis hitting leadoff and left-handed hitting Anthony Gose hitting ninth against a right-handed pitcher for the second straight game. "I wouldn't read anything into it," Ausmus said. "I may have Gose leading off tomorrow."