Dotel takes next step in rehab, joins Triple-A Toledo

Dotel takes next step in rehab, joins Triple-A Toledo

Dotel takes next step in rehab, joins Triple-A Toledo

DETROIT -- Octavio Dotel moved another step closer to rejoining the Tigers' bullpen when Detroit transferred his rehab from Class A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo on Monday.

Dotel, who has been on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation since April 20, made five appearances with Lakeland. He allowed four runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings -- though all four runs and five hits came during a single outing. In his other appearances, Dotel has given up four singles in four scoreless innings.

"He's doing OK," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We're going to see him against a little better competition now."

Dotel pitched a scoreless inning for Toledo on Monday, giving up a double and striking out two.

Leyland said Dotel is throwing around 90 mph, which is about where he was in April, but down from about 93 mph last year. However, adrenaline could be a factor once Dotel faces better hitters.

"Sometimes you can get fooled [by their speed], because when they get to a big league atmosphere they have a tendency to find a little extra mileage," Leyland said. "I don't know if that's the case or not."

According to Major League Baseball rules, a pitcher can be sent on a Minor League rehab assignment for up to 30 days. Dotel began his assignment on Aug. 7, giving him up to 10 more days. He will also be eligible for the Tigers' postseason roster, regardless if he's activated before Sept. 1.

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