The Mud Hens lost more than a game when they suffered a 10-9 setback in 19 innings against Rochester Sunday.
The play came with the scored tied at 6-6, and Rochester threating to break the tie with runners on second and third base with only one out. Chang tried to lay down a safety squeeze bunt and lifted a short pop up between the mound and the plate. Bootcheck made a fine diving catch of the bunt to get the out and keep the potential go-ahead run from scoring, but was in obvious pain after the catch and had to leave the contest.
Bootcheck had served as Toledo's closer this season and had a 2-5 record with 17 saves, the second-highest total in the International League, and a 4.06 ERA. Toledo's representative in the Triple-A All-Star Game, Bootcheck had 53 strikeouts in 44.1 innings this year.
There has been no official word on Bootcheck's injury.
Detroit announced today that RHP Bruce Rondon has been promoted to Toledo. Rondon is a 6-2, 265-pound right-hander who has emerged as one of the Tigers' top relief prospects this season thanks in part to a fastball that touches 100 mph.
Rondon began the season with Hi-A Lakeland and dominated the Florida State League, posting a 1-0 record with 15 saves and a 1.93 ERA in 22 appearances. The native of Venezuela struck out 34 and walked 10 in 23.1 innings with the Flying Tigers.
Rondon was promoted to Double-A Erie on June 20 and promptly began to dominate the Eastern League. He was 0-1 with 12 saves and a 0.83 ERA in 21 games, fanning 23 and walking nine in 21.2 innings with the SeaWolves.
UPDATE: Chris Iott of MLive.com has confirmed through Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski that Bootcheck has been placed on the Mud Hens' disabled list.
UPDATE: The Mud Hens have announced that Rondon will join the team on Tuesday in Louisville.