Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow and will be sidelined for the entire season.
A candidate to become Detroit’s eighth-inning setup man, Rondon felt discomfort Monday after pitching a scoreless inning against Washington the previous day.
Detroit General Manager Dave Dombrowski said Rondon was examined Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews, and an MRI revealed the tear. Dombrowski said the 23-year-old will have surgery next week.
“He just came in one day and said he was a little tender,” Dombrowski said Friday. “At that point, we figured he should see a doctor. Before that, he hadn’t complained of any problems at all.”
Dombrowski said the Tigers, who signed Joba Chamberlain during the offseason, will fill Rondon’s spot internally.
“We feel we have a lot of depth there,” Dombrowski said. “Some guys will have to step up and I think they will.”
Rondon was competing with Chamberlain for the eighth-inning role leading to closer Joe Nathan. Now Al Alburquerque will likely get some of those opportunities, and expanded roles may go to Evan Reed and left-handers Ian Krol and Phil Coke.
The Tigers quickly moved to help replace injured shortstop Jose Iglesias, acquiring Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels for left-hander Jose Alvarez.
Romine, 28, played in 47 games for the Angels last season and batted .259. He is considered a good defensive player and stole 15 bases in 89 minor-league games last year. Dombrowski expects the left-handed hitter to share time at shortstop with either Hernan Perez or Danny Worth.
Perez made his major-league debut last year, and Worth has been a utility man with the Tigers the past four seasons.
Alvarez, 25, pitched in 14 games for the Tigers last season, making six starts. He was 1-5 with a 5.82 ERA.
GALVIS HOSPITALIZED — Philadelphia Phillies reserve infielder Freddy Galvis was hospitalized with a staph infection and is being tested for a potentially deadly strain of the bacteria.
General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says that Galvis is being treated with antibiotics, both orally and through an IV. He is being checked for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a staph bacteria resistant to many antibiotics.
Amaro says Galvis would open the season on the disabled list.
Galvis, 24, cut his left knee earlier this month in a Grapefruit League game. He had to have an abscess removed from the wound earlier this week, and complications arose when an infection was detected.
AROUND THE LEAGUE — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish was scratched from his minor-league start because of a stiff neck. Darvish was to throw 90-100 pitches Friday. … Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price doesn’t expect right-hander Mat Latos to be ready for the start of the season. Latos had surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee on Feb. 14.