Blue Jays proceeding cautiously with Dotel

Blue Jays proceeding cautiously with Dotel

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Octavio Dotel made his return to the mound with one scoreless inning in a Minor League game on Tuesday afternoon.

Dotel struck out two in his first appearance since suffering a left hamstring injury on March 8. The 37-year-old went through his outing while Blue Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton looked on to monitor his progress.

"It was an encouraging outing just from an arm-strength standpoint and not favoring anything in the hamstring from his delivery," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

With just 10 days until Opening Day, it remains to be seen whether the veteran right-hander will be ready.

Dotel will appear in another Minor League game before the club decides what his status will be moving forward.

"We want to be sure that he's ready and that we can get a proper amount of outings for him, just so he doesn't put himself in a situation where he's not fully prepared," Farrell said. "We don't want to risk injuring him or being harmful to our pitching staff and our overall performance as a team."