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.


While that would have been a big blow at the start of the season, it would seem at this point that Villarreal and Below can handle that role for the time being. That would be in keeping with the theory that it’s often better to develop your own relief pitchers.

*sigh* well thank gawd for Marte, Villareal and Below stepping up so much this year!
on another note, Raburn hasn’t started hitting in Toledo yet. ugh.

To count on Raburn to provide anything is not prudent. Yes he can get hot for a period of time but it’s just not worth it. Better off to develop a well-rounded solution.
Certainly a good idea to jettison the Hope & Dream he will be an everyday 2nd baseman.
RR’s only hope is that he can glom on to some NL club.

Wilk (for the bullpen) would have been a better choice.
I hope Big Luke proves me wrong.

With Dotel out, Tigers needed/wanted a right-handed reliever. Thus Putkonen over Wilk.

did they want a right-handed reliever because of advanced scouting reports or they do not trust Marte/Villareal?

BTW–who on earth ever made the decisions about the 40 man roster? There are some real duds on it.

Regarding your question on Avisail Garcia, not much. He plays in Venezuela for Caribes de Anzoategui. The team where Magglio is now part of the directive and used to play for. It is also the team of Villareal and Omar Infante.But he only took 9 AB here. So I have not watched him.
Miguel compared Avisail to him, a slimmer , undeveleped version anyway I would add.
The last time I read about him , he was in DL

I will be truly amazed if this team somehow manages to remain in contention if, or more likely when all of those on the DL, (especially VMart) are all back on the 25 man roster after the trade deadline in August, and prior to roster expansion in September.

Whether or not the Tigers are buyers or sellers will also be an issue before then, since their offense and pitching could improve, but not so much their oft-horrid defense. Right now the club is a lot closer to the ALCD cellar than they are to first place, obviously.

don’t forget “contention” is a 2nd place wild card this year……much more obtainable than in past years.

I’d be surprised if they’re not in contention. And the extra wild card dampens the entire buyers/sellers thing.

Plutonium I mean Putkonen? There really ksnt anyone better than him?

Putkonen has a live fastball and a nice curveball. I have to think that, at the major league level, his fastball lacks movement and the difference in the two pitches are too readily recognizable.

He’s ok if he is used in a long-relief or mopup role to save arms. I’m sure there will be a 12-3 game either way at some point soon…

injuries are the great equalizer. tampa has been in a similar situation, having used 37 players, losing their best hitter (Longoria), leadoff guy (Jennings), closer (Farnsworth), and a starter (Niemann). despite that they are 10 games over .500. how to explain that?

More players who can do more things and the best manager in the game?

With less money too!
Madden is a great coach, but if i remember correctly JL finished second behind him in the voting for American League manager of the year. Then Joe Maddon went on an all-out rave about how great JL was.
So if we assume both managers are about equal- which you don’t – but if you did….then I’d say you blame DD for not getting those players with more. True?

Oh no, not Putkonen. Hopefully they won’t need him much.

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