Magglio Ordonez was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he asked the Tigers for some additional time in the minors to get “his timing at the plate.”
Ordonez is 7-for-26 (.269) with a double through six games at Triple-A, striking out six times versus zero walks while posting an ugly .577 OPS. He also hit just .172 in 26 games for the Tigers prior to being placed on the DL with ongoing ankle problems, so it’s tough to blame him for thinking a few more games against Triple-A pitching is worthwhile.
Beck writes that Ordonez’s ankle is no longer a problem, which is key because once he does return to the Tigers’ lineup it’ll have to be as an outfielder rather than a designated hitter, where Victor Martinez is the everyday guy.
Ordonez is now aiming to return Monday and it’ll be interesting to see if manager Jim Leyland uses him as a platoon player facing mostly left-handed pitching early on. He probably should, for health reasons and production reasons.
Angels DH Albert Pujols smacked his 597th career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning during Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rays. The blast was off of Erasmo Ramirez and marked No. 6 on the season for the future Hall of Famer.
Pujols finished 1-for-3 with the homer and a walk. After Wednesday’s game, he’s hitting a lackluster .244/.296/.378 with 34 RBI and 14 runs scored in 186 trips to the plate.
Pujols currently ranks ninth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard and is three shy of joining the 600-homer club. He’s currently 13 home runs away from tying Sammy Sosa for eighth all-time.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s outing against the Rangers with at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, tying a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. He failed do break the record, racking up only six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Fortunately, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to put him in line for the win. Sale gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.
After Wednesday’s outing, Sale is sitting on a 2.34 ERA with a 101/14 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. So far, so good for the Red Sox, who acquired Sale from the White Sox in December.
Sale previously racked up 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive games between May 23 and June 30 in 2015 with the White Sox. Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat for the Red Sox between August 19 and September 27 in 1999.