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LHP Darin Downs (left shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis) has begun light throwing after being placed on the disabled list July 7 with a sore left shoulder. There is no timetable for his return at this time.

3B Miguel Cabrera heads into his first All-Star start with 30 homers, 95 RBI and a .365 average. He went 0 for 2 and walked twice against Texas on Sunday. Cabrera has experienced some stiffness in his back recently, which is the main reason why he declined an invitation to the Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities on Monday. But that won't affect his status on Tuesday. "That was never an issue," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who is also managing the American League.

RHP Octavio Dotel (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the 60-day disabled list June 8 by Detroit. The club had no report of progress by Dotel at the All-Star break and it looks increasingly unlikely he'll return to action this season due to the length of time it would take to get back into game condition. Dotel was placed on the disabled list April 20 after pitching in six games for the Tigers.

RHP Octavio Dotel (right elbow inflammation) may not return this season, manager Jim Leyland admitted on Sunday. Leyland discussed Dotel's status with general manager Dave Dombrowski that morning. "I have no idea," Leyland said of Dotel's possible return. Dotel went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 8. Dotel, who made only six appearances before the injury, has been unable to progress beyond light throwing or minimal mound work while working out at the club's spring training base in Lakeland, Fla.

2B Omar Infante (left ankle sprain) is headed to Orlando during the All-Star break and will DH for the Lakeland Flying Tigers if his ankle will permit. "We're not sure of that," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's not progressing as much as we'd hoped." So instead of returning to the Tigers when play resumes Friday in Kansas City, Infante's return may be delayed through the weekend.

2B Omar Infante (sprained left ankle, left shin contusion) may not be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list immediately after the All-Star break, as the Tigers had anticipated. "It's not a setback but he has not progressed as much as we hoped," manager Jim Leyland said on Sunday. Infante, went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4, will receive treatment in Florida during the break and is expected to do a short rehab assignment, serving as the designated hitter for Single-A Lakeland for at least two games this week. Hernan Perez and Ramon Santiago have platooned in his absence.

RHP Justin Verlander came within seven outs of his third career no-hitter on Sunday in Detroit's 5-0 victory over Texas. Verlander's no-hit bid was broken up by a Mitch Moreland double. Verlander, who walked three and struck out three, left the game after the seventh inning with a tight, right quad muscle. He was replaced on the All-Star roster by Baltimoreā€˜s Chris Tillman but will still attend the game. He is expected to make his next start at Kansas City on Saturday.

RHP Anibal Sanchez will start the Tigers' first game after the All-Star break at Kansas City on Friday. He has started only three games since he first experienced right shoulder stiffness following a start against Tampa Bay on June 4. He served a stint on the 15-day disabled list and has made two starts since he was activated, mostly recently a loss to the Chicago White Sox in which he gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings on July 11. He has a 1-1 record in two lifetime starts against the Royals despite a 0.56 ERA.

RHP Max Scherzer experienced some swelling and soreness in his left wrist on Sunday, the day after he was struck by a Jurickson Profar line drive. But Scherzer said it wouldn't prevent him from pitching in his first All-Star Game on Tuesday. He suffered his first loss of the season on Saturday against Texas, failing in his bid to become the first pitcher to be 14-0 at the All-Star break. Scherzer pitched four more innings after getting hit by the line drive and X-rays were negative. He said it did have some effect on his throwing motion because of the way he uses his glove to pull through with his body.