Updated 08:56 PM EST, Sat, Jan 22, 2022

Detroit Tigers News: Bruce Rondon Sent Home For Low 'Effort Level,' Says Manager Brad Ausmus

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon was sent home by the team on Monday until the end of the current season citing his low effort level during the games.

ESPN said that team manager Brad Ausmus did not elaborate more on the reason for letting Rondon go, but the report said that the decision could have stemmed from the player's Monday performance.

It noted that his "fastball velocity was markedly lower than usual" on Monday.

"Other than saying that [general manager] Al Avila and myself completely agreed on it, there will be no other details or comment," added Ausmus in the ESPN report.

For his part, Avila said that he met with Rondon to discuss the decision.

"Brad and I met and we agreed that the course of action was best for Bruce and the club," the general manager added.

Avila's son and Tigers catcher Alex added in an MLive report that it is important for a player to be real with the team in their gameplay.

"To be a big component of the team, you have to be there, on the team," I'll say that. So there's nothing really else for me to say," the younger Avila added.

He also noted that the move from the team is a proof that the team sticks to its core values. "Well, yeah, you probably hit it on the nail right there. You want to put out your best effort everyday, no matter the situation," he added

Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press noted that the move came as a surprise to the public especially that Ausmus recently said that Rondon was "the player [who] could do the most in the final two weeks of the season to solidify his spot on next year's team."

The same report said the team did not say if it was "a baseball-related decision" but clarified that Rondon is not suspended and will continue to be paid even in his absence.

Asked for comment, Rondon's agent Wilfredo Polidor said he also has no idea on why the player was sent home.

Last August, Rondon replaced Joakim Soria, who was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he reportedly was not able to prove his worth in the team with the chances he was given.

"In his last 14 outings, though, he blew four out of seven save chances and posted a 6.08 ERA with 12 walks and 10 strikeouts," added the Fox Sports.

It also noted that Rondon was not able to participate in any game during the 2014 season because he underwent a Tommy John surgery.

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