Dotel's season in question after exiting rehab outing

Dotel's season in question after exiting rehab outing

Dotel's season in question after exiting rehab outing

DETROIT -- The Tigers had been hoping to add Octavio Dotel to their bullpen as a September callup and postseason piece. After another bout of discomfort in his right arm, however, Dotel's season -- if not his career -- might be in question.

Dotel was pulled from his outing at Triple-A Toledo on Friday night with discomfort in his right forearm. According to the Toledo Blade, Dotel traveled back to Detroit on Saturday so that doctors could examine his arm.

The description of the injury is different than the elbow inflammation that landed him on the disabled list in April and has led to a slow rehab process to get back. Had he gotten through Friday's outing, he would've been in line for a promotion.

Instead, his status is now unknown, pending test results.

"I'm not really sure where that stands as we talk right now," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "We're still visiting on that situation. If he was healthy, he would have been with us as of Sept. 1, but right now, I do not know where that stands."

Dotel made the Opening Day roster and pitched for the Tigers in April before landing on the DL. The 39-year-old right-hander doesn't have to be activated by Sept. 1 to qualify for the postseason. If he ends the season on the disabled list, the Tigers can use his spot to add anyone in the organization as of Saturday night to their postseason roster. The replacement doesn't have to be a pitcher, and doesn't have to be on the 40-man roster by Sunday.

Luis Marte, added to the 60-day DL a month ago after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, allows the Tigers one replacement. If Dotel can't make it back, his spot would allow them another.

Dotel is in the final year of the contract he signed with the Tigers as a free agent before the 2012 season. He was a valuable part of last year's World Series team, which is why the Tigers picked up the option on his contract for 2013. He'll turn 40 in November.

Jason Beck is a reporter for 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.