Magglio Ordonez Activated From DL By Tigers

The Tigers have brought Magglio Ordonez back from the disabled list, as he appears to be recovered from ankle discomfort.

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Magglio Ordonez Returns To Tigers After Month On DL

2011 hasn't been the kindest season to Tigers outfielder/DH Magglio Ordonez. Ordonez was bothered by ankle discomfort off and on from the get-go, and batted just .172 before the Tigers put him on the disabled list in the middle of May. But Ordonez will now get a chance to bounce back, as on Monday he is being activated:

Magglio Ordonez will be activated and rejoin the Tigers roster Monday and reliever Enrique Gonzalez's contract will be outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski announced Sunday.

Ordonez will start for the Tigers on Monday against the Rays, and he'll look to improve upon his miserable .459 OPS, posted over 106 trips to the plate. With his ankle problems seemingly behind him, Ordonez hit fairly well during a triple-A rehab stint, which is encouraging.

Of course, Ordonez won't just be handed a regular job again - he'll have to earn one, as Andy Dirks and Casper Wells have had their flashes of brilliance in the outfield. But Ordonez will have the inside track, as he's the established veteran, and teams in races love to lean on established veterans.

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Magglio Ordonez Ankle Injury Forces Tigers Slugger To DL

Magglio Ordonez's 2010 season was cut short due to a fractured ankle, for which the slugger required surgery. He was aiming to be back to good health with the Tigers in 2011, but he's been bothered by ankle problems on and off since the start of the season, and even though he said he felt like the ankle was coming around a couple weeks ago, on Friday the Tigers have placed Ordonez on the disabled list.

The prayer is that giving Ordonez some time off will finally allow his ankle to heal, because he just has not been himself in the early going. When he's gotten into the lineup, he's been a terrible hitter, owning a .172 batting average with but a single home run. That's a far cry from the .852 OPS he put up a season ago before getting hurt. There was no sense in trying to force Ordonez along any further because he was not going to play himself into shape.

To take Ordonez's spot on the roster, the Tigers have called up 25-year-old outfielder Andy Dirks, who will join a Major League ballclub for the first time in his life. With Toledo, he's batted .328 with a .902 OPS. This after posting a 1.046 OPS with Toledo a season ago over a small sample of games and being named the Tigers' 2010 Minor League Player of the Year. It isn't immediately clear how much playing time he's going to get, but he won't just sit on the bench.

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