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.”