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Cubs closer Hector Rondon says elbow “good” after throwing session
PHILADELPHIA – Cubs closer Hector Rondon, who was held back in recent days because of elbow soreness, fared well in a throwing session Saturday and could return to pitching as soon as Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies, manager Rick Renteria said.
“He got through an 11-pitch pen. He threw breaking balls. He didn’t have any setbacks,” Renteria said. “And we’ll see how he feels [Sunday morning], how he reacts.”
Said Rondon: “I feel really good. Everything’s normal right now.”
Rondon, who had 2010 Tommy John surgery that required a followup procedure less than two years later, hasn’t pitched since a rough ninth inning June 6 against Miami.
But he said he didn’t start feeling “a little sore, like tight” until midweek in Pittsburgh.
Both Renteria and Rondon downplayed the level of concern, even considering Rondon’s past problems with the elbow. “We were just more erring on the side of caution,” Renteria said.
Part of that might be Rondon’s heightened awareness after multiple years of rehab.
“I’ve had too many surgeries before,” he said, “so as soon as I feel something in my elbow, I go talk to the trainer. I don’t want to be in that [situation] again.”
NOTE – As expected, MRI results revealed that injured leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio suffered an oblique strain on that painful swing leading off Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh. The Cubs offered no timeline for his return from the often tricky injury, which could sideline him well beyond the All-Star break.