Ordonez to see less playing time after trade
Tigers acquired outfielder Delmon Young from Twins
DETROIT -- It hasn't been quite the expected return for Magglio Ordonez since going on the disabled list in May with ankle soreness.
With Ordonez hitting .255 since returning in June and just .154 in August, the 37-year-old's playing time is about to get shortened with the Tigers' acquisition of outfielder Delmon Young on Monday.
"I'm not down on Magglio at all," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He had an injury. He never really got rolling again. We think he can still contribute."
Leyland said he will pick his spots to play Ordonez, but plans on using Young, Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch as his everyday outfield. Out of respect for the veteran, Leyland called Ordonez as soon as the Young trade happened.
Leyland laid out the situation for Ordonez. The Tigers still hope his bat will come around more as they make a push toward the playoffs, but it won't come in an everyday role.
"It's an honest conversation, and there's never any difficulty with honesty," Leyland said.
Tigers look to get healthy for stretch run
DETROIT -- In late July of last season, the Tigers lost three players in the span of a week and it sent the season into a tailspin.
The Tigers had to deal with a rash of injuries over their last road trip, but luckily, most of the injuries are minor.
Victor Martinez injured his left knee at home plate in Kansas City, Brennan Boesch missed time with a sore left wrist, Al Alburquerque was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after being hit in the head with a line drive before a game and Carlos Guillen was put on the 15-day DL with left wrist soreness.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Martinez's knee was better in Cleveland, but not as good in Baltimore. The Tigers will keep an eye on him, but he will continue to play.
"Victor's been hurting, obviously," Leyland said. "We'll watch him. ... I don't know if plane rides and all of that stuff have an effect on this. I assume that they might, to an extent, but I don't know how much."
Boesch said he's ready to go and will be in tomorrow's lineup.
"I feel great," he said. "I feel really blessed that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would have been. The training staff has gotten me back on the field quick, so the credit goes to them."
Alburquerque said he was feeling much better. Because of the injury and medication, he had to be driven back from Baltimore, as opposed to taking the team flight.
The Tigers were a lot more banged up coming back to Detroit than when they left, but, for the most part, they're still in good shape.
Rhymes sent down to Triple-A
DETROIT -- With the acquisition of Delmon Young on Monday, second baseman Will Rhymes was sent back to Triple-A Toledo, one day after being called up.
Rhymes was called up on Sunday after Carlos Guillen went on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist soreness and entered Sunday's game as a pinch-runner.
But before he could get acclimated with Detroit again, he was sent back to Toledo.
The resulting situation at second base is one the Tigers had earlier in the season. After trading Scott Sizemore on May 27, Tigers manager Jim Leyland moved Ryan Raburn into the everyday second baseman role. That will once again be the plan, along with Ramon Santiago.
"That's not really an issue," Leyland said of second base. "People are always looking for perfect players. There are very few perfect players. That's a scenario that's OK. Raburn's actually been swinging the bat good. If he gives us a punch at second base, that would be a plus. If you think you're getting [an All-Star defensive player,] you're not. It's just the way it is. I'm willing to accept that."
Raburn is beginning to have his typical second-half surge, hitting .321 since the All-Star break, compared to .248 before the break. He is a career .301 hitter in the months of August, September and October.
Gibson agrees to terms on pro contract
DETROIT -- The Tigers' early draft signings left them little to do ahead of Monday night's deadline for reaching deals with picks, but they got a big bonus signing Monday afternoon. Tyler Gibson, a 15th-rounder who was expected to play college ball at Georgia Tech, decided to turn pro and agreed to terms on a contract, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.
The Tigers have not officially announced the deal.
The deal was pending a physical Monday afternoon. Baseball America and TigsTown.com first reported the agreement, including a $525,000 bonus that ranks well above slot recommendations for that round.
With regard to his talent, Gibson was projected well above that spot, but the expectations that he would go to college barring a favorable contract caused him to drop through the early rounds coming out of Stratford Academy in Georgia. Many teams projected him as a third- or fourth-round talent, if not for signability.
He's a left-handed hitter with projectable power, according to scouting reports, and a chance to make the big leagues as a corner outfielder.
The deal means the Tigers have deals with each of their top 15 selections, a haul that helps makes up for the lack of a first-round selection.
Chris Vannini is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.