Dotel gets rehab schedule, hopes to pitch in 2014

Dotel gets rehab schedule, hopes to pitch in 2014

DETROIT -- Octavio Dotel hopes resting his arm over the next two months will allow him to pitch in the Major Leagues next season.

Dotel was shut down at the end of August after forearm tightness forced him out of a rehab game with Triple-A Toledo. He visited Dr. James Andrews this month and was given a platelet-rich plasma injection, as well as a rehab schedule.

"He wants to avoid surgery, obviously, and was told to rest basically for four-to-six weeks, I believe, before doing any kind of exercises and will start doing shoulder exercises after that," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "He won't do any elbow exercises until two months."

Dotel will be a 40-year-old free agent in November, so any surgery that requires a lengthy rehab would likely be career-ending. He has pitched 951 innings over 758 Major League games for a record 13 different teams in his 15-year career.

Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.