May 17th, 2009

Tigers place Magglio on bereavement list

Magglio Ordonez will miss at least the Tigers’ next two games Tuesday and Wednesday against the Rangers while he attends to his wife, who is having surgery.

The Tigers will place Ordonez on the bereavement list, which is permissible for players dealing with medical emergency. A player can remain on the bereavement list between three and seven days, and the team can call up another player from the 40-man roster to take his place.

The move is something the Tigers had planned out over the weekend. Manager Jim Leyland said Saturday that Ordonez would leave the team after Sunday’s game and hopefully return Thursday to tend to a personal issue. It was uncertain whether Ordonez would rejoin the team in time for Thursday’s afternoon game against the Rangers.

Neither Leyland nor Ordonez specified the issue at that point, but Ordonez said he would not be traveling home to Venezuela.

The team made an official announcement after Sunday’s win over the A’s, and requested that reporters respect Ordonez’s privacy. Ordonez was not available for comment.

With a scheduled off-day Monday, the Tigers will wait until Tuesday to call up a player to take Ordonez’s spot on the 25-man roster. Josh Anderson and Ryan Raburn are expected to get more playing time in Ordonez’s place during the upcoming series with Texas, which will start two right-handed pitchers and a left-hander for the series.

Day off for Inge

For the first time all season, Brandon Inge is out of the starting lineup. Jim Leyland decided this was the day to finally give him a day off, as he lined up as many left-handers as he could against A’s starter Trevor Cahill. Thus, Jeff Larish gets the start at third base, with Clete Thomas and Josh Anderson both in the starting outfield alongside Curtis Granderson.

“If we chagne Thomas’ name to Sanderson, we’ll be all set,” Leyland said Saturday.

Magglio Ordonez is in the lineup before he leaves the team for a few days.


  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Anderson, LF
  3. Thomas, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Ordonez, DH
  6. Larish, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Santiago, 2B
  9. Everett, SS

P: Armando Galarraga


  1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  2. Adam Kennedy, 2B
  3. Jack Cust, RF
  4. Matt Holliday, LF
  5. Jason Giambi, DH
  6. Ryan Sweeney, CF
  7. Bobby Crosby, 1B
  8. Landon Powell, C
  9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

P: Trevor Cahill