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.

4 Comments

162 games. It’s never over until it’s over. Dotel is right on schedule. He definitely could help us in September. All season long our manager has never been happy with more than three of the pitchers in the bullpen so maybe OD can be the fourth man over thirty that he thinks he needs. The more urgent need is to get a healthy Omar back at second base although we are currently getting excellent play from Perez and Santiago.

‘All the Tigers would have to do if/when he returns is make a move to fit him on the 40-man roster.’ According to MLB website Tigers are at 39 not including Dotel on 60 day DL and Peralta on restricted list. Marte is done for the season, so they could shift him to 60 day DL, right?

I believe I read somewhere that this is the plan.

You’re right. I forgot about Peralta’s spot on the 40-man roster opening up. Good catch.

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