Octavio Dotel placed on 15-day disabled list
Octavio Dotel was hoping he would be ready to pitch again Tuesday after missing more than a week with right shoulder inflammation. That’s not happening, and so the Tigers added him to the crowd on their disabled list. They just couldn’t go shorthanded in their bullpen any longer.
If there’s a bright side to the move, it’s that Dotel’s placement on the 15-day DL is retroactive to June 3. So if Dotel feels right, he’ll be eligible to come off the DL at the start of next week for the Cardinals series. Still, as this past weekend’s series at Cincinnati showed, he’s a key piece to lose, because it leaves the Tigers without an experienced right-handed arm for the seventh inning. Brayan Villarreal most likely fills the role for now.
To take Dotel’s place on the roster, the Tigers recalled Luke Putkonen from Triple-A Toledo. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up six runs, five earned, on 11 hits in six innings since rejoining the Mud Hens a few weeks ago, but four of those runs and four hits came in a disastrous outing right after he returned to Toledo. He didn’t retire a batter in that outing.
So to recap, your Tigers disabled list includes:
- Victor Martinez (left knee surgery, 60-day DL)
- Al Alburquerque (right elbow surgery, 60-day DL)
- Daniel Schlereth (left shoulder tendinitis, 60-day DL)
- Alex Avila (right hamstring strain, 15-day DL)
- Andy Dirks (right achilles tendinitis, 15-day DL)
- Doug Fister (left side strain, 15-day DL)
- And now Dotel
Austin Jackson just returned from the 15-day DL.