Octavio Dotel was hoping he would be available to pitch out of the Tigers bullpen Tuesday after missing more than a week with right shoulder inflammation. He wasn't, and so the Tigers added him to the crowd on their disabled list.
Detroit placed Dotel on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 3, the day after his last outing. He'll be eligible to come off the DL next Monday, just in time to face his former team when the Cardinals come to town Tuesday.
Still, as this past weekend's series at Cincinnati showed, he's a key piece to lose, because it leaves the Tigers without an experienced right-handed arm for the seventh inning. Brayan Villarreal most likely will fill the role for now. As big of a void as the move creates, the Tigers just couldn't go shorthanded in their bullpen any longer.
To take Dotel's place on the roster, the Tigers recalled Luke Putkonen from Triple-A Toledo. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up seven runs on 14 hits over 7 1/3 innings in six games for the Tigers over a four-week stretch. He gave up six runs, five earned, on 11 hits in six innings since rejoining the Mud Hens a few weeks ago, but four of those runs and four hits came in a disastrous outing right after he returned.
Dotel becomes the seventh Tigers currently on the disabled list. Designated hitter Victor Martinez (left knee surgery) and right-hander Al Alburquerque (right elbow surgery) are on the 60-day DL after undergoing offseason surgeries, but hope to return this season. Lefty Daniel Schlereth (left shoulder tendinitis) is also on the 60-day DL.
Catcher Alex Avila (right hamstring strain), outfielder Andy Dirks (right Achilles tendinitis) and right-handed starter Doug Fister (left side strain) are all on the 15-day DL with hopes to return soon. Detroit has used 40 different players already this season.