Jays' Dotel heading to the DL

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:32 PM ET

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Jays are hoping that Octavio Dotel is a better reliever than he is a defence lawyer.

On Friday morning, Dotel went into the office of manager John Farrell to state his case of how and why he should open the season with the team and not start the year on the disabled list due to time missed because of a hamstring issue.

Dotel was given a thumbs down by Farrell and the Jays organization and like fellow reliever Frank Francisco and No. 2 starter Brandon Morrow, he’ll open the year on the DL. Like Morrow, he will be backdated to March 22 which means he is eligible to join the team April 6 — five games into the regular season.

The move takes all the drama out of the makeup of the bullpen on opening day. The Jays will now go with Jon Rauch as their closer with Jason Frasor and Shawn Camp as the main setup guys — all right-handers. The remaining four relievers will be right-handers Casey Janssen and Carlos Villanueva plus lefties David Purcey and Marc Rzepczynski.

With the news that Dotel is out, the other dominoes fell into place.

“He outlined what he felt he needed to be ready for the start of the season,” Farrell said of Dotel. “We feel like there’s a need for another five or six appearances, so he’ll continue to pitch in minor-league games and it’s unlikely that he’ll start the season with us just due to the need for those outings and the time left here in camp.

“He’s going to be a critical member of our bullpen and we want to make sure that he’s fully ready so it’s likely that we’ll backdate his disabled stint. That would make him available the second week of April. The encouraging thing is that he’s feeling better.”


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