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Dotel hit by comebacker, staying on rehab assignment

Dotel hit by comebacker, staying on rehab assignment

Dotel hit by comebacker, staying on rehab assignment

DETROIT -- Octavio Dotel's Minor League rehab assignment hit Triple-A Toledo this week, but his first pitch Tuesday hit back. A hard-hit comebacker off the bat of Indianapolis' Jerry Sands hit Dotel in the right leg, knocking him out of the game.

The organizational report indicated the injury isn't serious, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

"He got hit by a line drive, but he'll be all right," Leyland said.

The fact that the Tigers didn't pull him back from the rehab assignment was another sign that the injury shouldn't cost Dotel any time.

Tuesday was going to be the second of back-to-back outings for Dotel. Normally, that's the final step for a reliever on rehab before he's declared ready to be recalled. The Tigers have time to get him another set of back-to-back appearances. The Mud Hens' season doesn't end until Labor Day, and Dotel has enough days remaining on his rehab assignment to continue through the end if need be.

Dotel does not have to rejoin the Tigers by Sept. 1 to qualify for the postseason roster. Since he made the Opening Day roster and pitched the first few weeks of the season, he's already eligible.

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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