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Magglio Ordonez to begin rehab assignment Friday

Jun 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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Magglio Ordonez has been cleared for game action after taking two weeks off to rest his surgically repaired ankle, so he’ll begin a rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A.

According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers haven’t said how long they expect Ordonez to spend in the minors, so presumably his bat will determine the timetable after he hit just .172 in 26 games before being placed on the disabled list.

Jim Leyland told Beck that he’s “really anxious to see if Magglio can get back in there.”  Complicating the issue is that Ordonez will have to play the outfield when he’s in the lineup thanks to Alex Avila‘s strong play at catcher making Victor Martinez a fixture at designated hitter.

Platooning the right-handed-hitting Ordonez with the left-handed-hitting Brennan Boesch would limit the wear and tear on his ankle while also giving him favorable matchups against left-handed pitching.

  1. henryd3rd - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Scot BorAss must have some special power of persuasion or compromising photos of a number MLB general managers? How else can one explain why The Tigers exercised their team option for his 2010 contract in spite of evidence that he was breaking down. Now they have no other course for 2011 except to try and get as much production out of their injury plagued warrior. For once White Sox GM Kenny Williams acquitted himself well; because he didn’t over pay for this free agent. Score another one for BorAss!

  2. dt - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    IIRC, Ordonez’s 2010 contract was triggered automatically based on plate appearances. The ankle injury prevented his 2011 contract from also automatically vesting (and stopped a very productive 2010 season in its tracks) and the Tigers opted to sign him as a free agent this offseason.

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