The Tigers still are a ways away from having their bullpen at full strength.

Veteran reliever Octavio Dotel still is recovering from inflammation in his right elbow that put him on the 15-day disabled list in mid-April. Dotel threw a bullpen session this week, but wasn't feeling 100 percent and got a second opinion about his status.

Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said Dotel went to Birmingham, Ala., on Friday and got another opinion from renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, who prescribed medication and more rest.

"He threw fine and didn't have any pain or anything but wasn't happy with the results at that point," Rand said. "We're going to continue once we give him the time off and he finishes the course of medicine and we can reinstitute his long-toss program and continue to build arm strength.

And hopefully when he gets back up on the mound, he'll have a better result."

Manager Jim Leyland said Dotel, 39, will need rest for a few days and that Andrews' diagnosis showed the same thing as the initial report: there is no structural or ligament damage.

Andrews is renowned from performing Tommy John surgery.

The Tigers activated left-hander Phil Coke from the disabled list before Saturday's game after optioning Luke Putkonen to Triple A Toledo.