Cubs’ Hector Rondon in good spirits after World Baseball Classic debacle – Chicago Tribune
There’s no need to panic, as far as Cubs reliever Hector Rondon is concerned, in the wake of his rough performance for Venezuela during the World Baseball Classic.
“That was a little tough for me because I missed location, and my ball was running up,” said Rondon, who allowed five runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings for Venezuela in Pool F of the World Baseball Classic.
“But my arm feels good. And everything was good. My mind was really good, and I take that experience to come here and keep working. So I’m really happy where I am right now.”
The Cubs have brought Rondon along slowly because of his cumulative workload the past three seasons and a right triceps strain that sidelined him late last August and early September. But manager Joe Maddon wasn’t concerned about Rondon since his fastball was clocked as high as 98 mph in his appearance against the United States.
“He was really upbeat when I spoke to him,” Maddon said of Rondon, who returned from San Diego after Venezuela was eliminated. “I was very happy to see that. He said he feels great, and that’s all I want to hear.
“I keep talking about health and guys feeling good right now. And he does. We’ll fine-tune the location of his pitches because he’s had great stuff, just in a bad spot.”