The Tigers' bullpen was long on strikeouts and short on available pitchers, in part because Octavio Dotel's elbow continues to hinder him.

Tigers relievers struck out 11 hitters Sunday. That's the most strikeouts for the Tigers' bullpen since it had 13 in an extra-inning game in Cleveland two years ago.

Al Alburquerque, Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke combined for those strikeouts. Two of the Tigers' seven relievers were unavailable: Drew Smyly, because he pitched long relief Saturday, and Dotel, who continues to have inflammation in his elbow.

Dotel missed a few days recently because of the elbow, and he has struggled in both his outings since then.

"We'll see how it will be Tuesday," he said. At that point, he won't have pitched for three days. The Tigers are off today.

Dotel refused to blame any of his problems on missing about half of the exhibition season due to his participation with the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

TRACKING VALVERDE: There wasn't any word from the club Sunday on when or where Jose Valverde will make his next appearance. He has pitched in two minor-league games since he rejoined the organization. In each of those games, on Friday and Saturday, he threw a scoreless inning for Class-A Lakeland of the Florida State League.