Ordonez out for Tigers
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Tigers will not have Magglio Ordonez for the remainder of the playoffs. An X-ray and CT scan taken yesterday revealed a fracture in his right ankle at the same spot he had surgically repaired 13 months ago.
A few days ago, Ordonez had told manager Jim Leyland he felt the best he had in months.
“My trainer came in during the rain delay [on Saturday] and said Magglio can’t go. The ankle is killing him. I was almost flabbergasted, to be honest with you,’’ Leyland said.
The Tigers have no idea when the re-fracture occurred.
“I don’t know the answer to that. It doesn’t appear that there was any significant movement or anything that did it. It just all of a sudden flared up,’’ Leyland said.
Ordonez hit .255 with five home runs during the regular season and was limited to 92 games. But he was 5 for 11 against the Yankees in the Division Series.
“We’re a tough team. We’ll figure something out, and we’ll get through this,’’ Leyland said. “We’re like every other team in baseball that has these type of situations pop up. You get through it. We’re not going to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. I can guarantee you that. We’ll make do somehow.’’
One possibility would be activating Delmon Young, who was initially ruled out of the series with a strained oblique.
A quick call The sun was out at Rangers Ballpark yesterday afternoon when Major League Baseball decided to postpone Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The call came more than four hours before the first pitch.
Commissioner Bud Selig made the call from Milwaukee based on the forecast for heavy rain to sweep the area last night. Game 1 twice was postponed by rain in the fifth inning on Saturday before Texas won, 3-2.
“I think the one thing we’re concerned about is the integrity of the game and not put either team in a situation where possibly the elements could affect the outcome of the game,’’ Rangers team president Nolan Ryan said.
Game 2 will be today at 4:19 p.m. (EST), with Game 3 in Detroit tomorrow night.
The Tigers will stick with their rotation. Max Scherzer starts today, with Doug Fister, Rick Porcello, and Justin Verlander lined up for the games in Detroit.
Porcello threw 22 pitches over two innings on Saturday, but the Tigers do not expect that to curtail him on Wednesday.
Texas starts Derek Holland today, with Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison set for the first two games in Detroit. With C.J. Wilson having thrown only 96 pitches on Saturday, he is expected to be ready for Game 5 on Thursday.
The rain was a break for Texas because it will make reliever Alexi Ogando available today. He threw 32 pitches in two innings on Saturday and manager Ron Washington said he would not have used him last night.
“Once again, we can get multiple [innings] out of him. We’ll just see how things go and how bad the need is to push him,’’ Washington said.
One for the books Saturday was the ninth one-run game of the postseason, which has surpassed the number of one-run games in five of the last seven postseasons . . . Ferguson Jenkins is scheduled to throw out the first pitch this afternoon . . . According to a Red Sox source, a possible scenario involving general manager Theo Epstein is him serving the final season on his contract while assistant GM Ben Cherington continues to be groomed for the job.
Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Nick Cafardo of the Globe staff contributed to this report from Milwaukee.