Ordonez Must Earn Back Starting Spot

Ordonez Must Earn Back Starting Spot

How much magic remains in Magglio Ordoñez's bat?

The Tigers have their fingers crossed.

"I don't know what we have in him," manager Jim Leyland said. "All we know is that he says he feels 100%. And I know that if we get the Magglio Ordoñez that we've come to expect, then that's a huge addition for this team. Huge."

Leyland's proclivity for accentuating the positive prohibited him from considering the possible alternative of "What if he isn't?"

That's my job.

It's good news that Ordoñez believes he's fully healed from a fractured ankle he suffered sliding into home about a year ago that prematurely ended his 2010 season. The Tigers announced following their 7-3 series-ending loss to Seattle on Sunday that he will be recalled from the 15-day disabled list today. He'll get an opportunity to prove he's physically and offensively healthy, but there can't be a limitless time frame in making that assessment.

Ordoñez should be on a short leash.

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