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DETROIT -- Octavio Dotel was on the Comerica Park scoreboard Tuesday night during a between-innings segment and asked who the best singer on the team is. That's about as much as the Tigers will see of Dotel for a little while.

While the team prepares for a road trip to Texas and Cleveland, Dotel continues to try to work his way back from right elbow inflammation. He's supposed to wrap up his medicine regimen in the next couple days, after which the Tigers will see if he's pain-free and able to throw.

Even if Dotel is, it's not expected to be a quick path back to pitching shape.

"It's going to be a while before we see Dotel here, I would think," manager Jim Leyland said. "We could get a pleasant surprise, but I'm not expecting that."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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