Magglio to undergo season-ending ankle surgery

Tigers All-Star outfielder Magglio Ordonez will undergo surgery Wednesday to stabilize his fractured right ankle, a procedure that erases any possibility he had of returning this season.

With that operation now set, it’s possible that the July 24 slide into home plate on which Ordonez suffered his injury will be the final play in his illustrious Tigers tenure.

Ordonez spent Tuesday in Los Angeles visiting with Dr. Philip Kwong, a foot and ankle specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic. The doctor measured the healing in Ordonez’s ankle that has taken place in the month since the injury and recommended surgery.

It isn’t a major procedure, but it’ll require enough recovery time that he won’t be able to come back in September as previously hoped. The original timetable on Ordonez’s recovery was 4-6 weeks, but the fact that Ordonez was still on crutches after his follow-up exam last week in Detroit put that very much in doubt.

Ordonez is expected to be fully recovered in time for next season. Where he’ll be playing next season, though, is anyone’s guess. When asked about Ordonez’s contract situation, team president/general manager Dombrowski said Tuesday night that any discussion on any players for next season won’t take place until the end of this season, an organizational policy.

If the Tigers decline Ordonez’s option, he would become a free agent this winter. They could still try to re-sign him as a lower salary, though Ordonez could still try to test the market to see what offers he can get from other teams. Teams have a 15-day period after the end of the season in which they hold exclusive rights to negotiate with their own free agents.

The 36-year-old Ordonez was batting .303 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs this year at the time of the injury. His loss has had a big impact on the Tigers lineup, where he would usualy be batting in front of AL MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera.

18 Comments

Always a Tiger to me, Magglio. I’d love to see you again.

Real sorry to hear about Maggs. We will likely have only one offensive Boras client next year with a good chance neither with Maggs for around $8-12m or Damon for around $5-7m. I like both for different reasons and would prefer shelling out the extra cash provided the medics say Magg’s operation has minimal downside risk.
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Nice to finally beat up the .400 teams but sobering that it happens when it doesn’t seem to matter. With a 14-22 home and away split, reality is likely to return.
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Easy to see why Miggs is getting used to walking to first once Carlos went again and Boesch’s RISP slide from .347/.417 pre break to .133/.231 post break.
The team lacks clutch hitters for RISP apart from Miggs .356/.503;
Worth .30/.364 (only 20 AB’s)
Maggs .298/.398;
Rhymes .292/.320 (the new team No.2 and Inge??);
Carlos .284/.333;
Raburn (is he the same outfielder??) .279/.346;
Jeckyl & Hyde Boesch .270/.348 and
Ajax .255/.340.
Inge with his defense is passable on .240/.346 with age the big question. A reduced $5m offer for 2011 though is on the cards.
Failure grades to:
Kelly .222/.286;
Ramon .206/.292;
Damon .196/.30;
Peralta .237/.297 (with Tigs .167/.278) and not worth the set $7m in 2011;
Laird .194/.246 and
Avila .192/.333.
Hopefully Worth can get back soon and Iorg continues with his revelation currently hitting .412/.450 since going to the Hens.

I second that, Pup.
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He is never going to be 30 HR guy again, but he proved this year that he can still drive the ball and hit for average and drive in runs. He gets on base which makes it harder to pitch around Miggy. The Tigers did an honourable thing last year when he struggled and they let him get the plate appearances to vest his option. Maybe he can return the favour and come back a reduced salary. He will always be one of my all time favourites. As a fan born in 1971, there is really only one home run (I think everyone knows what home run that was) in my years of being a fan that was more important that the bomb he hit on October 14, 2006. I hope the last image of Maggs in a Tiger uniform is not that of him being helped hobbling from homeplate.
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I am going to 2 games in Toronto this weekend. Let’s hope the pitching and hittiing continues to click.
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– Bob

Oh shoot. Too bad they didn’t realize surgery was the best option a month ago. I have always liked Maggs, I am an emotional fan to say the least and I get attached to these guys. I’d love to have him back, he has served us well and we sure did realize the impact of him providing protection for Miggy.

That is too bad but it is what I expected.
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Magglio was having a very solid year. Some of the power returned. Some of the fielding prowress returned.
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He is such a natural hitter I am hoping that he can extract a couple more good offesnive years. I think he would make a very productive DH. No more full-time play for him on that ankle–running the bases will be demanding enough.
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I have problems with attributing glorified status to average ballplayers. Part of the reason I disagreed about playing Inge when he clearly should have been sitting last year. But Inge has been a better player this year and I have been impressed with his ability to get the Sac Fly done lately. He’s also had some timely hits. I enjoy seeing him come through like that. However, it doesn’t make me want him to be my 3B next year.
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I feel the same about Damon. Here’s a guy who has fashioned an “image” or persona and milks it effectively.
A statement he made yesterday:
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“I think it sends the wrong message to say, ‘Well, here’s an opportunity to jump ship,’?” Damon said. “I’m not going to do it, not to these guys. … I love Detroit and I love the fans. The tough thing is, there’s no guarantee where I’ll be next year. As much as I’d love to be back here, that’s something the team doesn’t really decide until the offseason. And I’m OK with that.”

Does anyone think the same “loyalty” would have been evoked if Tampa or the Yanks claimed him?
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This is the same media grabbing attention we saw when Damon was hemming and hawing about coming to Detroit in Spring. Playing one city off the other etc. I find it dastasteful.
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That is too bad but it is what I expected.
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Magglio was having a very solid year. Some of the power returned. Some of the fielding prowress returned.
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He is such a natural hitter I am hoping that he can extract a couple more good offesnive years. I think he would make a very productive DH. No more full-time play for him on that ankle–running the bases will be demanding enough.
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I have problems with attributing glorified status to average ballplayers. Part of the reason I disagreed about playing Inge when he clearly should have been sitting last year. But Inge has been a better player this year and I have been impressed with his ability to get the Sac Fly done lately. He’s also had some timely hits. I enjoy seeing him come through like that. However, it doesn’t make me want him to be my 3B next year.
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I feel the same about Damon. Here’s a guy who has fashioned an “image” or persona and milks it effectively.
A statement he made yesterday:
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“I think it sends the wrong message to say, ‘Well, here’s an opportunity to jump ship,’?” Damon said. “I’m not going to do it, not to these guys. … I love Detroit and I love the fans. The tough thing is, there’s no guarantee where I’ll be next year. As much as I’d love to be back here, that’s something the team doesn’t really decide until the offseason. And I’m OK with that.”

Does anyone think the same “loyalty” would have been evoked if Tampa or the Yanks claimed him?
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This is the same media grabbing attention we saw when Damon was hemming and hawing about coming to Detroit in Spring. Playing one city off the other etc. I find it distasteful.
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Hi All –

Just wanted to throw out a slim glimpse of hope – if even possible for the 2010 season.

Out of curiosity, i took a look at the Twins 2009 schedule – wanted to see what their record was at this time last year. On August 25, 2009 – The Twins were 63-63.

We all realize the the Tigers today August 25, 2010 – have a record of – 63-63 as well.

We all know the Twins ultimately went on to steal the division – with a late season run, coupled with sloppy Tigers play.

The odds are strongly against the Tigers, but you never know what the next month will bring. Will it be a September to remember?

Only time will tell – Go Tigers!

There’s an article by Ian next door at
http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2010/08/by_turning_down_boston_johnny.html
that takes a fairly even handed viewpoint of the Damon business.
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Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe writes “Think about it: For the next five weeks, you could live in downtown Boston and your wife could shop on Newbury Street. Or you could live in downtown Detroit, amid the boarded-up buildings and the proverbial skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets. Is this really a tough call?”
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If that doesn’t make you want to throw Mr. Shaughnessy off the Penobscot Building, you’re a better person than I. I also wonder why those people are so fixated on Mrs. Damon’s shopping habits? Is there a deeply hidden desire to “Run with the Brides” at the annual bridal gown sale at Filene’s? Whatever. This guy can soak his head in a bucket of Strohs.
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All kidding aside, I like that Damon is here for the remainder of this season. Next year is next year. We have no idea who will be here in 2011.
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–Rich

does that writer really think JD and his wife are living downtown? Does he also realize within a few miles of downtown are some fairly swanky areas? True, driving in for a Tigers game is downright depressing to look at but the big timers are not living in the remains of a building…

I have never been to Boston, but am guessing that somewhere in Boston there are places that are not so lovely either.

Don’t look now, but after Laird’s double, every player in our line up is hitting above .200. Not sure the last time we could say that.

Figaro?

Bye Bye Ball Game

Bob – The Tigers were not “honorable” to let his contract vest. Magglio was our best hitter the last 6 weeks of the season. If he was slumping still in August and the Tigers marched him up to the plate that is one thing.

I get the feeling Maggs will be back. I would guess Mr. Illitch will offer 2 years, maybe at 7 million a year. Magglio is important to the lineup, especially to Miggy.

In terms of Damon and the penant race, I am glad Damon stayed. It may be hokey, but the “let’s not quit” is good to hear. And the fact our record is the same as Minnesota’s last year provides a glimmer of hope. Stranger things have happened.

GO TIGERS!

Coke was brilliant. Clutch pitching at it’s finest.
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Perry deserved what he got. You lay that dart down the middle, you pay the price.
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Valverde was just awful. I was surprised (but not totally) to see him called in with 2 out—that seems to be JL’s 2010 MO

Leyland needs to stop bringing Valverde in before the 9th inning. It has not worked.

Our number three hitter, Damon, went 0 for 6. You’re not going to win games when the guy in the 3-hole goes 0 for 6, no matter who he is. The thing is, all Johnny needs to do is get on firstbase in any way, shape or form, to assure that they have to pitch to Cabrera. Draw some walks! Nobody gets offered a contract based solely on their desire to play in Detroit. I’m glad he’s staying here for the balance of the season, but he’s also auditioning for 2011. Let’s go, man.
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I guess we saw how weak our bullpen is today. After Coke, it kind of sputters. Believe it or not, I was in favor of lifting Perry for Valverde in the 8th because Ryan was getting ripped, even as he got outs. We don’t have a trusty setup guy other than Coke.
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Hard to fault the pitching for this one, though. We should have scored way more than three runs. If we’re going to make any kind of run, guys will have to play beyond their abilities for periods of time. Today we looked like the Tigers team we’ve grown accustomed to.
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–Rich

I wanted Armando to finish out the 7th even though he was in a bit of trouble. As Rich stated, all the usual AL problems…runners left on base, could not hit, no small ball.

I was at work yesterday and didn’t get to see yestedays game so I can’t really comment on that other than I saw they stranded a lot of runners (no clutch hitting) which is something they had done fairly well over the last little bit. And Valverde is not the same guy we saw in the first half. I have to believe he is not right.
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But I would like to comment on the idiot that Rich mentioned from Boston. Why is that the people from Boston/New York think that there is no place else on earth worth being. Mr. Shaughnessy – owes the people of this area and apology. If Boston is so wonderful Shaughnessy why didn’t he want to go back there. And I can tell you the only place I have ever had and trouble with crime is in Boston several years ago and was mugged and have never had any trouble in Michigan or Detroit. So by that I should assume that Boston is the most dangerous city in the country. But hence Shaughnessy I don’t come from the school of hasty generalizations like you and I would never say or think that. (does that make sense??) He has probley never stepped foot in Michigan. Mr. Shaughnessy you know where you can go????????

I’m reading a lot of comments (not here) that are condemning JL for his decisions yesterday. Since my usual negative remarks regarding Jim seem to have drawn some attention from readers here, I guess I’ll step up for him now.
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One issue was bringing in Valverde in the 8th for Perry. I hate using closers for multiple innings because it backfires so often. They should be able to pull it off, but the mindset tells them they can’t. In this case, however, I was as sure that water is wet as I was that Perry couldn’t get Kila out. Ryan wasn’t fooling anyone and his outs were hard hit. It was a disaster waiting to happen. With this in mind, who do I go to other than Valverde? I can’t assume he’s going to blow up, even with his recent struggles. He did throw some good splitters that made the hitters look foolish. He also threw some bad ones that got hit, unfortunately. The disaster happened anyway, but who else do you use? Thomas? This was a no-win situation for JL. Sometimes your guy just has to get it done.
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The other issue it letting Laird hit in extra innings. Again, who do you go to? Avila? Peralta? Cold off the bench? Nah, here again, your guy just has to get it done. As it was, Gerald hit the ball hard but it didn’t find the hole.
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I generally dislike JL’s managing over the long haul, but don’t disagree with every single move he makes on a game by game basis. I hope that’s a given. And I’m not planning to join the “Leyland Defense Movement.” :-) Sometimes, a manager can only do so much with what he has to work with. Sometimes…………
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–Rich

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