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Rondon completes second throwing session

Rondon completes second throwing session

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DETROIT -- Bruce Rondon moved one step closer to a return to action Friday with another throwing session on the field at Comerica Park. It was his second session of the week, and it put him within a mound session or two of joining the active ranks of Tigers relievers in time for the postseason.

Rondon hasn't pitched in a game since Sept. 2 while dealing with tenderness in his elbow. His absence has had a ripple effect in Detroit's bullpen, from extra work for setup man Jose Veras to more opportunities for Al Alburquerque, even in non-strikeout situations.

Rondon will have to demonstrate he can comfortably throw his slider, a pitch that typically puts stress on a pitcher's elbow, before he can return.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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