Trammell: 'All indication is that he's ready to go'

Updated: February 19, 2005, 11:11 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Magglio Ordonez arrived two days early for his first spring training with the Detroit Tigers and had some good news for his new manager.

"It's so encouraging to hear that starting Tuesday he's going to do everything we do," Alan Trammell said. "I couldn't be happier to say that our new acquisition, Magglio Ordonez, is clear to go."

When Ordonez, the last premier free agent of the offseason, signed a contract that could be worth up to $105 million over seven years with the Tigers on Feb. 5, he said he'd be able to participate in some drills during Detroit's first full-squad workout on Feb. 22.

Despite the encouraging upgrade in Ordonez's status, Trammell is going to be careful with his probable clean-up hitter, whose 2004 season was cut short by two knee operations. Ordonez's eight-year career with the Chicago White Sox effectively ended when he wasn't offered salary arbitration. Chicago didn't offer arbitration after it was told Ordonez wouldn't be available for a medical evaluation until after the arbitration deadline had passed.

"All indication is that he's ready to go," Trammell said. "As I say that, we'll be smart enough to know that we'll be checking him daily."

Ordonez hit .292 last season with nine homers and 37 RBI in 202 at-bats. A career .307 hitter with 187 homers, he missed 36 games after hurting his knee May 19 -- then went on the disabled list for good on July 22 with bone marrow edema.

Carlos Guillen, also coming off a knee injury, will not be ready to play right away. "At this point I've been very pleased, but I don't think he's ready to play a game," Trammell said. "I've actually been able to see Carlos take grounders, but he's not able to go game speed."


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