Rondon could still get a chance to save games if Alex Wilson fails to deliver as the Tigers' new closer, but the opportunity may not come immediately, reports MLive.com. General manager Dave Dombrowski said Rondon still has was it takes to be a big-league closer, but "I don't know if he's ready to do it now."
Martinez (knee) smacked a three-run home run Sunday against the Orioles, one day after leaving a game after fouling a ball his left knee. He has 29 home runs this season, six more than his previous career mark.
Manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Hardy and Alex Wilson would be his primary options in closing situations, MLive.com's Chris Iott reports. "I'll probably use (Alex) Wilson at the back end, maybe (Blaine) Hardy at the back end if there are lefties," Ausmus said.
Manager Brad Ausmus clarified Saturday night that Wilson and Blaine Hardy are the top candidates to close for the Tigers, MLive.com's Chris Iott reports. "I'll probably use Wilson at the back end, maybe Hardy at the back end if there are lefties," Ausmus said.
Sanchez allowed six runs in 6.2 innings of work Saturday night against the Orioles and lost his second game in a week. He allowed nine hits, including two more home runs, and struck out five. He has allowed five home runs in his last three games (18.2 innings).