June 28th, 2010

Magglio scratched with left side soreness

Talked today with Magglio Ordonez, who admitted his left side was sore but not badly enough that he’d be knocked out of the lineup. Apparently he felt it worsen during batting practice, because he was just scratched from the Tigers starting lineup.

Ordonez took BP today, but wasn’t in the group at the end, so he apparently felt something.

As mentioned earlier, any recurrence of Ordonez’s injury is a bad sign. The same injury kept him out of action for six games earlier in the season, and his absence was sorely felt in the lineup. Considering he’s 8-for-24 with two home runs and three doubles against Twins starter Francisco Liriano, his loss will probably be felt tonight.

The new Tigers lineup, with changes in bold:

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, 2B (now in lineup)
  3. Raburn, LF (was batting 2nd at 2B)
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF (was in LF)
  6. Guillen, DH
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Worth, SS

Monday: Tigers at Twins

What was expected to be a day off for Carlos Guillen is actually a day at DH. Jim Leyland decided to keep Guillen in the lineup, but will get him a day out of the field.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Raburn, 2B
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, DH
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Worth, SS

P: Jeremy Bonderman

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, RF
  6. Michael Cuddyer, 3B
  7. Jim Thome, DH
  8. Delmon Young, LF
  9. Nick Punto, SS

P: Francisco Liriano

Left side still bothering Magglio

It sounds rather minor right now, and it might not develop into the issue it was before, but manager Jim Leyland said Magglio Ordonez is experiencing some soreness in his left side again. It’s the same issue that cost him six games out of action earlier this month.

The soreness doesn’t bother him on normal swings, Leyland said. It’s when Magglio does something like reach for a ball, or check his swing, that he feels it. Whether it has anything to do with his 3-for-20 performance so far on the road trip isn’t clear, but Leyland wants to make sure it doesn’t develop into a bigger problem.

As long as it isn’t major, it would be a shock if he isn’t in the starting lineup Monday. He’s 8-for-24 with two home runs and three doubles against Francisco Liriano, and with Danny Worth set to start at shortstop and give Ramon Santiago a night off, the Tigers don’t have the same flexibility in the top third of their lineup that they had this past week.

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