A day after Omar Infante attempted another comeback from an ankle injury suffered in July, the Tigers second baseman was scratched from the Toledo Mud Hens' game Wednesday. The reason given: Infante had a "little soreness."
Infante had gone 1-for-5 on Tuesday, serving as the team's lead-off batter and designated hitter. Toledo manager Phil Nevin told Tony Paul of the Detroit News Infante "felt fine" earlier in the day, before the scratch.
Infante has been battling pain in his ankle/shin after Colby Rasmus of the Blue Jays slid into him July 3 in Toronto.
In Florida, Octavio Dotel made a one-inning appearance for the Gulf Coast League Tigers, allowing no hits or walks, and striking out one.
Dotel has not played for the Tigers since April 13, a game he gave up five runs in less than an inning on the mound. It goes without saying getting him back healthy could be a key addition for the Tigers during the stretch run and playoffs. Dotel had a 2.30 FIP in 58 innings last season with a 26.5 percent strikeout rate and 5 percent walk rate.
Dotel would undoubtedly be an upgrade over Al Alburquerque, who gave up another run Wednesday to the Indians.