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Octavio Dotel wants to keep pitching at age 40

Sep 19, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Octavio Dote AP

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.

  1. fukpittsburgh - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Octavio Dotel wants to keep getting paid at age 40

  2. Detroit Michael - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    When he was last healthy, in 2012, he was effective, so he has a chance. Good luck to him.

  3. historiophiliac - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Pitching is an old man’s game, son.

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