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.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.