June 13th, 2011

Magglio: “I’m ready to play baseball”

Magglio Ordonez didn’t have a whole of time to talk Monday, but he took a couple minutes before batting practice to talk with reporters. He gave the impression that the last few games at Triple-A Toledo, extra games he took in his rehab assignment to find his timing at the plate, definitely made a difference in how he feels coming back to face major league pitching.

“I played a few games in the minor leagues,” Ordonez said. “I saw a lot of pitches. I played nine innings. So I think I’m ready. I’m going to play baseball and see what happens.”

The ankle, he reiterated, is no longer an issue.

“It’s way different,” he said. “It’s stronger. I don’t feel any pain. I don’t feel any discomfort. I’m ready to play baseball.”

As for batting sixth in the Tigers order, rather than third, Ordonez indicated that was a plan in the works before he went out on rehab, and that manager Jim Leyland prepared him ahead of time.

“Skip talked to me before I left,” Ordonez said, “and he told me that I was going to probably bat sixth. But it’s no different. Just going to try to do my best and try to produce.”

Monday: Tigers vs. Rays

As expected, Magglio Ordonez is back in the Tigers lineup. What might not have been expected is where in the lineup he is hitting. He’ll bat sixth, which leaves Brennan Boesch and his red-hot bat in the third spot.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Brennan Boesch, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Phil Coke

RAYS

  1. Johnny Damon, DH
  2. Ben Zobrist, RF
  3. Justin Ruggiano, LF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. B.J. Upton, CF
  6. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Elliot Johnson, SS
  9. Kelly Shoppach, C

P: Alex Cobb

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