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This might be the end of the line for Octavio Dotel

Jun 12, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

Octavio Dotel AP

Octavio Dotel has played for 13 teams in 15 seasons, but the 39-year-old reliever is struggling to make it back from an elbow injury that could mean the end of his career.

Dotel has already been on the disabled list for nearly two months with elbow inflammation and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he’s “experiencing more discomfort” while rehabbing. Or as manager Jim Leyland put it: “I don’t know what’s going on with Dotel. I think he’s just trying to see if he still has it. Hopefully he still has something left in the tank.”

Dotel was outstanding last season at age 38, throwing 58 innings with a 3.57 ERA and 62/12 K/BB ratio while topping a strikeout per inning for the 13th time in 14 seasons. Plus he tossed five shutout innings in the playoffs. And among all the right-handed pitchers in MLB history with at least 800 career innings Dotel’s has the highest strikeout rate at 10.82 per nine innings.

  1. blues1988 - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    loved having him on the cardinals in 2011, and was happy we could win one for him and the other oldie arthur rhodes. He was a great clubhouse guy and was key to the bullpen down the stretch. hopefully he can bounce back!

  2. valarmorghuliss - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM

  3. specialkindofstupid - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Granted, he only played 14 games for them, but the fact is Dotel did play for the Yankees. So, the question must be asked: Hall of Famer or no?

  4. albertmn - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    If this is the end, he had a good run. I wish him the best in his after baseball life.

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