Tigers OF Magglio Ordoñez out for remainder of postseason


If the Tigers are going to pop any more champagne this October, they’ll have to do it without Magglio. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

But Leyland’s improvisational skills are about to be put to the test once again as the Tigers get set for Monday’s Game 2, which was rained out on Sunday.

On Saturday the Tigers lost rightfielder Magglio Ordoñez for the remainder of the postseason after he fractured his ankle in the 3-2 loss in Texas. Now Detroit is without another key right-handed bat — they already lost No. 3 hitter Delmon Young to an oblique strain — as they take on the Rangers’ lefty-heavy starting rotation.

(Update - 11:15 a.m. - The Tigers have reportedly placed Delmon Young back on their ALCS roster to fill the hole left by Ordoñez, but it’s uncertain when he’ll be able to return to the field.)

But don’t expect any woe-is-me whining from the grizzled Leyland.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to show how tough we are,” he said. “And we’re tough. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. I don’t want anybody feeling sorry for us. We’ll make do. We’ll come out ready to play.”

Making due will mean turning to Don Kelly, Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn — who had two hits and a walk in Game 1.

Young was hitting .316 with three home runs through five postseason games before injury his oblique in Game 5. His presence in the No. 3 spot provided protection for Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera. Ordoñez was hitting .385 in the No. 6 spot.

Max Scherzer takes the mound this afternoon, looking to even the series against Derek Holland and the Rangers.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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