Tigers manager Jim Leyland is tired of talking about Bruce Rondon, even though Leyland knows he has to make a decision soon.

Rondon probably can't do anything without feeling he's under a microscope these days.

Pitching on the second of back-to-back days, Rondon allowed two runs on two hits, walked two and struck out one in the seventh inning of a 4-1 exhibition loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

"Obviously (Tuesday), he was lights-out, but I think everybody has unrealistic expectations," catcher Alex Avila said. "Every time he pitches, you guys ask how he did.

"It seems like everybody expects him to have a 1-2-3 inning with three strikeouts every time. That's never going to be the case."

Avila blamed himself for Rondon being called for a balk, which allowed a run to score.

"I felt bad because I was giving him a sign and he didn't really give me a yes or no, and I thought he wanted a different pitch," Avila said. "As he was coming up, I gave him a pitch, he saw it and kind of just stopped."

With the outing, Rondon's ERA now stands at 5.84.

"He had a lot of movement on his fastball, he threw some really good sliders," Avila said. "Just a couple at-bats, he was a little out of the strike zone. I thought two or three times, he got a little bit unlucky where some of the balls were hit.