Magglio to begin rehab assignment with Mud Hens
UPDATED with timetable through weekend …
Jim Leyland has talked with frequency about his Tigers offense treading water until Magglio Ordonez returns, and then hoping he can get the Ordonez of old. He won’t have to wait much longer to find out.
The Tigers, who already had Phil Coke joining Triple-A Toledo on Friday for a rehab start, have added Ordonez to the list. His rehab assignment with the Mud Hens begins Friday on the road at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Leyland said Ordonez will play right field for six innings or so on Friday, DH on Saturday, then play right field again Sunday. He’ll be re-evaluated from there. If all goes well, it’s possible Ordonez returns on Monday.
“I’m really anxious to see if Magglio can get back in there,” Leyland said Tuesday. “That gives us another experienced bat, that’s going to make something, obviously, better if he’s OK.”
Coaches have given Ordonez positive reviews off of his pregame workout sessions. His swing, albeit against batting practice pitches, has shown more pull power, signs of the lower-body strength he didn’t have with his ankle last month. He has supposedly looked good running.
The rehab assignment, obviously, will give him a chance to test that against live pitching.