Dotel to be cautious with injured elbow

OAKLAND -- Octavio Dotel is not going to rush coming back from an injured elbow.

He pitched two-thirds of the ninth inning in the Tigers' 4-3 loss to the A's in 12 innings Friday before leaving with elbow discomfort. After Saturday's 7-3 win, he said the injury wasn't serious, just "a little inflammation."

"Hopefully in the next couple of days, everything is going to be OK," Dotel said.

Dotel doesn't know the exact moment he sustained the injury, but because it is only April, he'll be cautious.

"Better to miss one or two days than three months," Dotel said.

Willie Bans is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.