Dotel's recovery will require rehab assignment

Dotel's recovery will require rehab assignment

DETROIT -- Octavio Dotel has resumed throwing on schedule as the Tigers try to work him back slowly from the elbow inflammation that has sidelined him for a month.

Dotel was shut down a little more than a week ago after experiencing more discomfort while throwing. After a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews confirmed no structural damage, Dotel went on a six-day medication cycle. So far, he has come out of that throwing pain-free at the Tigers' Spring Training complex in Florida.

The plan is for Dotel to begin a throwing progression that will eventually lead to a Minor League rehab assignment, meaning it will still be a while before Dotel returns, even if all goes well.

The Tigers have struggled to fill Dotel's right-handed middle relief role. Al Alburquerque is back at Triple-A Toledo now, trying to find his command, while Jose Ortega has taken on a good amount of righty middle work.

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.