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.