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.
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