For now Magglio Ordonez remains with the Tigers during the ALCS, watching the games from the dugout after re-fracturing the same ankle he injured last year, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he “almost certainly” will undergo another surgery.
Ordonez is scheduled to be examined by a foot specialist back in Detroit and is expected to seek a second opinion as well, but eventually going under the knife will be necessary.
Tigers trainer Kevin Rand explained that the first fracture was vertical while the second fracture is horizontal, noting that the pressure and stress of everyday activities combined with the screws already holding together his ankle caused a gradual split that Ordonez initially thought was simply soreness.
Jim Leyland told Beck that Ordonez was planning to play next season at age 38, but those plans may change with a lengthy rehab process in front of him. If he does come back and put off retirement Ordonez will likely have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year contract or perhaps even a minor-league deal. He earned $10 million this season while hitting just .255 with five homers and a .634 OPS in 92 games for the worst production of his underrated career.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.