When Magglio Ordonez fractured his ankle for the second time there was speculation that he’d call it quits at age 37 and coming off the worst season of his career, but Carlos Guillen said yesterday that Ordonez plans to play in 2012.
Guillen, who like Ordonez is a free agent and won’t be re-signing with the Tigers, told Jason Beck of MLB.com that Ordonez “is doing better” and will soon start the rehab process in Florida.
Even without the fractured ankle further clouding his future Ordonez’s options figured to be limited after hitting just .255 with five homers and a .634 OPS in 92 games for the Tigers. He was very productive in 2010, but the first fractured ankle cut that season short after 82 games and at this point he clearly can’t be counted on to play the outfield regularly.
Will there be a job for Ordonez as a 38-year-old designated hitter? Probably, but it might take proving he’s healthy on a minor-league contract to get there. And oddly enough he might be fighting with Guillen for those limited opportunities.
Indians reliever Andrew Miller lasted only six pitches in Monday night’s appearance against the Red Sox. He walked Mookie Betts on six pitches before being relieved by Dan Otero. Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Miller reaggravated the patella tendinitis in his right knee.
Miller, 32, missed a couple of weeks earlier this month with patella tendinitis. He was activated last Friday and got two outs in a scoreless appearance against the Royals that night.
Bastian pointed out that Miller’s velocity has been lower than usual. He averaged 92.1 MPH on his fastball on Friday and 90.1 MPH on Monday, well below his normal average around 94 MPH.
The Indians should have more on Miller’s status after Monday’s game or on Tuesday. The lefty is carrying a 1.65 ERA with a 79/16 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings on the season.
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and reliever Matt Bush collided attempting to catch an infield pop-up during Sunday afternoon’s game against the White Sox. Bush was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Both he and Gallo are experiencing concussion symptoms, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports, and Gallo also suffered a nasal fracture. Gallo has not yet been put on the disabled list.
Losing both players is a big loss for the Rangers, who entered Monday’s action just 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot.
Gallo, 23, has had a breakout season, batting .205/.329/.561 with 35 home runs, 65 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 410 plate appearances.
Bush, 31, has been solid out of the bullpen, putting up a 3.04 ERA with a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.