The Detroit Tigers' bullpen has been in flux for most of the season, and one reason for this inconsistency has been the absence of right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel. The veteran has been recovering from injury for much of the year, as there were even questions whether or not he'd pitch again. Since then, Dotel has resumed pitching, and he recently joined the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate as he continues to progress through his rehab, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
Dotel has been on the 60-day disabled list with an elbow injury. He hasn't pitched for the Tigers since April, and as of June they weren't sure when or if they'd be getting him back this season. He recently began a rehab assignment in the minors, and manager Jim Leyland told reporters that the team is excited to see Dotel face stiffer competition in the upper minors.
"He's doing OK," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
"We're going to see him against a little better competition now."
Dotel has made five appearances in the lower minors so far during his current rehab assignment. He allowed four runs -- which all came during one outing -- on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. Beyond one poor appearance, Dotel has only allowed four singles over four scoreless innings of work.
While he struggled early on this season, Dotel would be a huge addition for the Tigers. The veteran has late-inning experience and he maintained an WHIP of 1.027 with a 4.28 strikeout-to-walk ratio from 2011-12.
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