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Magglio taking a few more days in Toledo

Magglio Ordonez feels healthy, including with his right ankle, but he doesn’t feel his timing at the plate. So he’s going to take a few more days in Toledo on his rehab assignment.

The news was first reported by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade, who talked with Nevin Wednesday afternoon and checked it with Magglio. Ordonez confirmed the news a few minutes later.

It’s a change of plans from Tuesday, when he was hoping he could be back for the start of the Tigers homestand Thursday. But it’s also an admission he isn’t where he wants to be hittingwise when he gets back up, and that he doesn’t want to go through the same struggles he had earlier.

“He did come in today and admitted that he needs a few more days here,” Mud Hens Phil Nevin said. “He understands what it means to be a team guy, and he knows that he needs to be right when he goes up there. And he said to me after the game that he’s starting to feel better each time he goes to the plate, more comfortable.”

Ordonez played all nine innings for the Mud Hens Wednesday night, going 1-for-5 against the Gwinnett Braves. That leaves him at 7-for-26 through six games for the Hens. He’ll play nine innings again Thursday, Friday and Saturday before taking Sunday off.

“Monday, I’ll be in Detroit,” Ordonez said.

It isn’t a health setback that pushed him back, he said. It’s a timing issue.

“To see more pitches, get more at-bats,” Ordonez said. “If you see, I don’t even have 100 at-bats in the big leagues. I need to get more at-bats.”

His night at the plate Wednesday was a decent example why. He struck out swinging at a high fastball from G-Braves starter Todd Richmond in the third inning before facing harder stuff in the seventh from Anthony Varvaro. After fouling back a 95 mph fastball and taking a breaking ball that caught the strike zone, Ordonez went to a shorter swinging and got one of his quietly productive hits, an opposite-field line drive that moved Max St. Pierre to third base with two outs.

“The fact that with two strikes, he was protecting the plate on a 95 mph fastball out over the plate and he drove it to right field, that’s vintage Magglio when he’s going good,” Nevin said. “And that was nice to see. He feels good. That’s the important part.”

Ordonez pulled another fastball an inning later, a well-struck ground ball up the middle, but Julio Lugo played him that direction and ranged to his left for the out.

It’s the overall timing Ordonez is trying to find, he said, not just on a particular pitch. He said he has been making adjustments with each at-bat.

“It’s coming. It’s coming along,” Ordonez said of his timing after the game. “It’s going to take playing every day.”

Magglio hopes to rejoin Tigers Thursday

Magglio Ordonez said Tuesday afternoon that unless something changes for the worse, he hopes to return to action for the Tigers when they return home Thursday.

Ordonez, who has been on the 15-day disabled list for the past four weeks with weakness in his right ankle, has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo since last Friday. Originally, the Tigers left open the possibility that he could return for this week’s series at Texas. But while Ordonez said Tuesday his ankle feels good, he wants to feel right at the plate when he comes back up.

“I think I’m driving the ball really good,” Ordonez said. “Every time that I hit it, I’m hitting the ball with authority. But I’ve got to get the timing, see a lot of pitches.”

He didn’t feel right when he began the season, and it resulted in a slow start at the plate. Now, he said, he’s able to push off the ankle and get a lot of lower body strength in his swing. It’s not only a stronger swing, but a quicker one in his opinion.

“More drive and quick,” Ordonez said. “Because the power’s always going to be there. The quickness is a process. That’s why I was hitting so many ground balls, because everything was upper body, no drive.”

Ordonez played nine innings in right field on Tuesday, going 1-for-4 at the plate with a hard-hit ground ball through the left side in the opening inning. He grounded out to third, struck out on a called third strike around the outside corner and popped out to second. The numbers put him at 6-for-21 on his rehab assignment. He said after the game that his swing felt good.

Ordonez also made caught two fly balls in right and moved around well without any signs of difficulty.

“I didn’t see any health problems, and that’s why he’s here,” Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin said. “He’s taking his swings. He’s getting his cuts in. We’re not looking for results. It’s about the swings, how he feels.”

Ordonez is scheduled to play nine innings in right field again Wednesday. The Tigers haven’t officially announced anything past that, but manager Jim Leyland has said more than once they’re going to rely on Ordonez for the word on when he feels ready.

Ordonez is hoping that’ll be Thursday.

“The ankle is fine,” he said. “I just need to play nine innings and get used to playing every day and go from there, see what happens.”

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.

V-Mart likely batting 5th upon return

The question came up this morning: When Victor Martinez returns from the disabled list this coming week, would he go back to batting fifth? Or would he bat somewhere else in the order.

The answer appears to be fifth.

“If he’s ready, I’ll probably put him right there behind Miguel right away,” Jim Leyland said.

That doesn’t seem to rule out moving him to, say, the third spot down the road. But it seemingly rules out an immediate change.

It’s an interesting conflict. Move Martinez to third, and it gives potentially a hotter hitter in front of Miguel Cabrera, not to mention a different look if the top of the order can get on base for the third guy. But that would remove the veteran run producing bat behind Cabrera, and we all saw what happened with that on Saturday.

Thursday: Tigers at Orioles

UPDATE: Luke Scott took batting practice Thursday and returned to the Orioles lineup, batting fifth. Suffice to say, that’ll be an adjustment for the Tigers.

Ramon Santiago gets the start at shortstop instead of second. Jim Leyland gives Magglio Ordonez the night off ahead of Opening Day on Friday. Ryan Raburn starts in left field for the first time this series. Jhonny Peralta gets a regular day off, as does Brandon Inge in favor of Don Kelly at third.


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

P: Brad Penny


  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Derrek Lee, 1B
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Luke Scott, LF
  6. Adam Jones, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  8. Matt Wieters, C
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS

P: Chris Tillman

Monday: Magglio returns to lineup

20110404-011108.jpgIt’s home opener day in Baltimore, and the weather is unbelievably gorgeous. The atmosphere is festive, and after the O’s swept the Rays over the weekend, the fans are nuts. Also a few Tigers fans here, though.

I think even if it weren’t so warm (like 70s warm), Magglio Ordonez probably would’ve been back in the lineup. There wasn’t so much as a limp on his ankle, and he seemed perfectly fine this morning when he showed no inclination to talk about his sore right ankle. With weather resembling spring training, there’s no doubt.

“I felt pretty good about him yesterday,” manager Jim Leyland said. “He could’ve pinch-hit.”

With that issue solved, the next question is how Leyland fits him into the lineup and who’s the odd man out. Today, it’s Ryan Raburn. Boesch starts in left field, Victor Martinez at DH and Alex Avila at catcher.

The bullpen will be interesting to watch today. Phil Coke isn’t available after his two innings Sunday, and unless he gets an inning Wednesday, Leyland said he probably won’t pitch again until he makes his first scheduled start Saturday. That means some other guys are going to have to step up if they have a lead in the seventh inning.

If they take a lead into the ninth, Jose Valverde is available, but he’s also battling a suspected case of food poisoning that he said had him throwing up all night. It doesn’t appear to be spreading around the clubhouse, but it’s probably worth keeping in mind in Valverde’s case.


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

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Derrek Lee, 1B
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. Adam Jones, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  8. Felix Pie, LF
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS

P: Jake Arrieta


Magglio quietly optimistic about Monday

Talked briefly with Magglio Ordonez on his way out of the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. He wasn’t guaranteeing he’ll play tomorrow in Baltimore, but he sounded pretty positive about it.

“Yeah,” he answered when asked if he’s OK for Monday. “We’ll see.”

Ordonez was moving around the clubhouse without any noticeable discomfort. Combine that with manager Jim Leyland’s statements that it’s nothing serious, and the fact that the weather should actually be warm tomorrow at Camden Yards, and everything indicates that Ordonez should be ready to go.

Magglio day-to-day with tight hamstring

Magglio Ordonez is day-to-day with tightness in the IT band in the hamstring area, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Monday morning. He missed his second straight game Monday, but Rand indicated it doesn’t appear to be serious.

You may remember that Ordonez missed four days around the start of the month with a hamstring spasm. This new issue, Rand said, is different. It’s not really the hamstring, but it’s part of the hamstring area, more along the outside part of his leg.

Sunday: Tigers vs. Astros

While Jim Leyland, Miguel Cabrera and the travel squad are checking out the newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, the rest of us are back in Lakeland for the home half of this final split-squad set of the spring. Magglio is back in the DH spot for another day, while Brennan Boesch gets another start in right field. With two and a half weeks left until Opening Day, I wouldn’t read anything into it other than an abundance of caution.

  1. Will Rhymes, 2B
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
  4. Victor Martinez, C
  5. Brennan Boesch, RF
  6. Clete Thomas, CF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Don Kelly, 3B
  9. Ryan Strieby, 1B
P: Max Scherzer
In the interest of full disclosure, here’s the lineup for the other split-squad game against the Orioles:
  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Scott Sizemore, 2B
  3. Ryan Raburn, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, DH
  5. Brandon Inge, 3B
  6. Casper Wells, RF
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Scott Thorman, 1B
  9. Cale Iorg, SS
P: Adam Wilk

Monday: Tigers at Mets

I’m back in Lakeland today, but the Tigers are on the road at Port St. Lucie to meet the Mets. Magglio Ordonez and Brennan Boesch are not on the trip, held back another day with a sore hamstring and back respectively. They worked out with the rest of the non-traveling team Monday morning.

I wouldn’t take their absence as any sign it’s more serious. The Tigers are like a lot of teams on this: When there’s any sort of nagging injury, it doesn’t make sense to put a player on a bus for close to three hours one way. It certainly won’t help the injury.

Interestingly, Don Kelly gets the start at second base today. Both Will Rhymes and Scott Sizemore are back here in Lakeland working out this morning.


  1. Clete Thomas, RF
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Brandon Inge, 3B
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Don Kelly, 2B
  8. Casper Wells, CF
  9. Scott Thorman, 1B

P: Brad Penny