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Tigers hopeful as Dotel keeps throwing off mound

Tigers hopeful as Dotel keeps throwing off mound

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Tigers hopeful as Dotel keeps throwing off mound

DETROIT -- Octavio Dotel continues to throw off a mound at the Tigers' Spring Training in Lakeland, Florida, and the Tigers continue to believe all is not lost in his chances for pitching again this season.

"I think shortly, if things continue to move forward, there will be some progress on him," manager Jim Leyland said.

Dotel hasn't pitched in a game since April, when inflammation in his right elbow led the team's medical staff to shut him down. His rehab process has essentially been a summer-long series of starts and stops, each time halted when Dotel has experienced more discomfort in his elbow.

This time, this officials said, his arm feels better than at any other point.

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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