Tigers option Bruce Rondon to clear room for Michael Fulmer

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 22: Detroit Tigers Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) looks on during a MLB game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers on July 22, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. The Twins defeated the Tigers 6-5. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)
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The Detroit Tigers have optioned right-handed pitcher Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo in order to clear room for fellow right-hander Michael Fulmer, who will be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Monday, according to the Tigers’ public relations department.

Rondon has made 20 relief appearances for the Tigers this season and has struggled immensely.

The 26-year-old has gone 1-2 with a 9.77 ERA, allowing 21 hits while striking out 22 batters in 15.2 innings of work.

This comes after Rondon had a strong 2016 campaign when he went 5-2 with a 2.97 ERA over 37 relief outings, surrendering just 23 hits while fanning 45 hitters and registering a sparkling 0.963 WHIP across 36.1 frames of action.

The Tigers originally signed Rondon as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela back in September 2007.

He made his major-league debut in 2013, pitching to the tune of a 3.45 ERA over 28.2 innings. He gave up 28 hits while accumulating 30 strikeouts during that span.

Rondon then missed the 2014 campaign with Tommy John surgery and returned midway through the 2015 season. He posted paltry results, recording a 5.81 ERA across 31 frames of work.

Fulmer was placed on the disabled list back on Aug. 3 with right elbow inflammation.

The 24-year-old has been having a terrific season, currently owning a 10-9 record and a 3.59 ERA in a year where he made his first All-Star team.

Over 140.1 innings, Fulmer has given up 127 hits while handing out just 31 walks for a nice WHIP of 1.126. He has also recorded 100 strikeouts while serving up only 10 home runs.

The Tigers acquired Fulmer from the New York Mets when they dealt Yoenis Cespedes to the Big Apple back in July 2015.

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