Jon Morosi just tweeted that Valverde is the new closer. Not after pitching a couple games, but right away as in tomorrow night:
Reports are that Valverde is throwing harder this spring and that he has regained confidence in his splitter. I am not very optimistic about this move, but I won't write him off until we get a chance to see him pitch.
According to the Detroit Free Press. manager Jim Leyland said earlier today that Rondon would not close:
“I’d like to break him in a little bit easier, maybe the sixth inning or seven inning to start with,” Leyland said. “He’s not going to be the closer to start with, as we speak. That doesn’t mean he would never close a game, that just means right now I want to break him in, get his feet wet in the big leagues a little bit and see what he looks like.”While general manager Dave Dombrowski raved about Rondon all winter, Leyland has spoken more conservatively about the right-handed flame thrower's talents. Thus, it is not surprising that he won't be thrust into the closer role. Rondon had been pitching well for the MudHens though allowing no runs and posting a 9/2 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings