Rondon gets another day to rest sore neck

Rondon gets another day to rest sore neck

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Bruce Rondon was originally on the Tigers' pitching list for Monday's game against the Braves. By midday, however, he was off, giving him another day to recover from a sore neck.

Rondon hasn't pitched in a game since last Friday, when he gave up two runs on three hits in a third of an inning. He was originally on turn to pitch Sunday, but was scratched after waking up with a crick in his neck.

Manager Brad Ausmus said he wasn't sure if Rondon would pitch Tuesday against the Pirates, also at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Rondon is in a battle to make the Opening Day roster after working his way back from Tommy John surgery. His arm has been healthy, allowing him to pitch 6 1/3 innings in seven Grapefruit League appearances.

Jason Beck is a reporter for 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.