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Octavio Dotel


Dotel was activated Wednesday by the New York Yankees, 14 months after the reliever had a ligament replaced in his right elbow. Dotel, operated on in June 2005, spent most of this year rehabilitating his elbow at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla.


Dotel reported soreness in his arm after pitching an inning for Double-A Trenton on Thursday. The 32-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched for New York this season after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery a year ago. Dotel will see a team doctor on Friday. "He finished his stint today. He just didn't feel good. He felt sore and tender," said Yankees manager Joe Torre, who had hoped to have Dotel on the roster on Sunday.


The Yankees got some good news Friday when reliever Octavio Dotel was diagnosed with inflammation in his aching elbow. Dotel, recovering from Tommy John surgery last season, reported discomfort in his right elbow, but Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., found no structural damage.


Dotel threw 35 pitches off a bullpen mound in his rehab for Tommy John surgery last June. His recovery had been slowed by tendinitis in his surgically repaired elbow that caused him to be shut down briefly in April. The right-handed reliever is scheduled for another mound session late this week and could resume pitching in extended spring training games next week.


Dotel, who worked his first extended spring training game Tuesday following Tommy John surgery last June, is expected to work an inning again on Friday. If all goes well, a late-May return is possible.


Dotel, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, is scheduled to pitch one inning in an extended spring training game Tuesday. It will be his first game action since his elbow was rebuilt. The Yankees' right-hander could be ready to join the Yankees by late May.


Dotel, who underwent Tommy John surgery in June, threw 40 pitches during a simulated game and will face hitters for a second time on Thursday. Dotel might pitch in an extended spring training game by next week.


Dotel, who underwent Tommy John surgery in June, will throw off the slope of the mound for the first time Friday in the Yankees' camp. Early reports suggest the veteran right-hander will be ready to work in minor league games in May.


Dotel agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the New York Yankees on Thursday. The 32-year-old right-hander went 1-2 with a 3.52 earned run average and seven saves in 15 games for Oakland last season before going on the disabled list in May. He underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow shortly after.


Dotel reached a preliminary agreement with the Yankees on Tuesday on a $2 million, one-year contract. Dotel is currently unable to pitch after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery on June 6, but he hopes to be back pitching by midseason.


Dotel told the Contra Costa Times Friday that he likely will be out until midseason as he recovers from Tommy John surgery on his elbow. The closer is currently a free agent, but Dotel said several teams have expressed interest in signing him.


Despite the recommendation of doctors and the wishes of the team to pursue a rehab program for his elbow ailment, Dotel underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. The Oakland A's closer finished the 2005 campaign with a 1-2 record, a 3.52 ERA and seven saves in 15 games.


Despite the recommendation of two elbow specialists and Oakland team doctors to pursue rehab work before turning to surgery, Dotel has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery as soon as possible. The A's closer doesn't believe he will be able to pitch through the discomfort he has been experiencing.


While Dotel has made some progress, the discomfort in Dotel's right elbow persists. Caused by calcification in his elbow tendon, the pain dates back to spring training, and the Oakland closer has pursued a second opinion. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, and the results should be known in the next few days.


The discomfort in Dotel's right elbow is being caused by calification in his elbow tendon, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The pain began in spring training, and in the days before he was put on the disabled list, it became an increasingly sharp pain -- especially when throwing sliders. Specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum advised rest and said surgery was not necessary.


The Oakland Athletics placed Dotel on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained right elbow. The move is retroactive to May 17. The A's closer has been bothered by elbow discomfort of late, and he has blown three saves, coughed up a pair of walkoff home runs and recorded a 6.75 ERA in May.


Dotel showed up in the Oakland clubhouse on Tuesday complaining of elbow pain, and the A's closer will be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Wednesday. After posting a 1.80 ERA and five saves in six chances during April, Dotel has blown three saves, coughed up a pair of walkoff home runs and recorded a 6.75 ERA in May. Perhaps Dotel's elbow has been bothering him for a while.


On both Tuesday and Wednesday, Dotel served up walkoff home runs to the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning. On Tuesday, it was Kevin Millar drilling a one-out fastball for a two-run shot that secured a 3-2 Boston win. The next night, Jason Varitek launched a one-out fastball into the Fenway seats for a two-run bomb and 6-5 Red Sox victory.

David Ortiz drew a free pass from Dotel on both nights and scored ahead of the home-run hitter. Wednesday's blown save was the fourth of the season for Dotel, who is 1-2 with six saves and a 4.05 ERA in 13 appearances. The Oakland closer's 11 walks in 13.1 innings have to be a concern for the Athletics.