Infante, Dotel begin rehab assignments
On the same day Omar Infante begins a rehab assignment for Triple-A Toledo down the road at Columbus, the Tigers announced that reliever Octavio Dotel will finally begin a rehab stint, this one for the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League team beginning tomorrow night in Lakeland.
When Dotel takes the mound, it’ll be his first real game action since he went on the disabled list in late April. He pitched in some extended spring training games in preparation for a rehab assignment, only to be shut down when he had a flare-up of the elbow inflammation that has cost him most of the season.
By rule, Dotel can rehab in the minors for up to 30 days, which would make sense considering how much time he has missed. If the Tigers take full advantage of that, they can wait until rosters expand Sept. 1 to activate him and not have to send anybody down to make room. He would still be eligible for the postseason because he was on the 25-man roster in April. All the Tigers would have to do if/when he returns is make a move to fit him on the 40-man roster.