Octavio Dotel has been out since mid-April with an elbow injury and just when he was starting to get close to returning to the Tigers he left a minor-league rehab appearance over the weekend with forearm soreness.
General manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck of MLB.com that the Tigers are “basically shutting him down” for the season and “he’s just not 100 percent.”
And at age 39 this could be the end of the line for Dotel, who’s had a remarkably long career pitching for 13 teams in 15 seasons. After missing four-plus months Dotel obviously wasn’t an integral part of Detroit’s bullpen plans for the playoffs, but if healthy he could’ve been helpful as a right-handed specialist.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.