When a 39-year-old reliever misses almost the entire season because of an elbow injury that’s usually the end of the line, but Octavio Dotel has never been your average reliever.
Dotel was shut down last month after logging just 4.2 innings for the Tigers this season, but Bobby Nightengale of MLB.com reports that he received platelet-rich plasma injections after visiting with Dr. James Andrews and has started a rehab schedule.
Whether he can ultimately avoid surgery remains to be seen and Dotel will almost surely have to settle for a minor-league contract next year, but a 16th season (and possibly a 14th team) is possible.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.