DETROIT -- Octavio Dotel continues to receive treatment for inflammation in his right elbow, a week after the condition left him unavailable for the end of the West Coast trip and eventually landed him on the 15-day disabled list.
Dotel won't pick up a baseball again until he shows no symptoms of swelling in the elbow. When that happens, he'll begin a throwing progression before likely getting back into action in a Minor League rehab assignment.
At this rate, it's questionable whether Dotel will be ready to return when he's eligible to come off the DL next Sunday. The longer he's out, the more Major League seasoning hard-throwing closer prospect Bruce Rondon will get. Rondon has pitched in two games since his arrival from Triple-A Toledo.
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