When veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez fractured his right ankle last week for the second time in 14 months, many assumed that the 37-year-old would be forced to hang up his baseball cleats for good.
But that might not be the case.
According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Ordonez “is said to want to keep playing” and the “initial belief” is that the renewed ankle fracture will not force him to call it quits prematurely on his 15-year career.
Ordonez is set to become a free agent this winter, and finding legitimate suitors could be a challenge because of his age and recent injury history.
The Caracas, Venezuela native also batted just .255/.303/.331 with only five home runs and 32 RBI in 357 plate appearances this season while showing diminished range defensively. But maybe he’ll find a club desperate to add a “veteran presence.” Those type of teams still exist, right?
Cardinals right-handed pitching prospect Griffin Roberts has been suspended 50 games following his second positive test for a drug of abuse, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Roberts, 22, is currently ranked the Cardinals’ tenth-best prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was selected in the first round of the 2018 draft and signed for a $1.66 million bonus, after which he split his first year in pro ball between the rookie-level GCL Cardinals and High-A Palm Beach Cardinals. He finished his run in 2018 with a combined seven runs, four walks, and 13 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings across the two levels, and projects as a potential major-league starter (or solid righty reliever) after touching up his fastball-slider combo and proving he can command the ball on a consistent basis.
Whether he’ll emerge from A-level ball with a more concrete idea of his future role with the team will have to wait until he’s reinstated from the restricted list. He should be eligible to rejoin the Cardinals’ minor league affiliate sometime in mid- to late-May 2019.