Everyone was so concerned about his knee coming into spring training, after Magglio Ordonez lost most of 2004 with his knee injury, then went overseas to have knee surgery performed in Austria.
But through spring training, everything appeared to be just fine. Ordonez was working out with the rest of the club, doing all the drills, hitting well, and looking like just the player the Tigers needed to insert into the middle of their lineup.
But when there was just one week left in spring training, Ordonez came down with an intestinal ailment, known as diverticulitis, putting his Opening Day availability at risk. Ordonez overcame the illness, but reportedly was still battling the flu, and after starting Opening Day as well as the next game, went back to the bench with dizziness and fatigue.
He finally believed he had overcome his struggles, but when he tried to return during the Tigers' first road trip in Minnesota, he woke up the next day after playing feeling sore and fatigued. He returned to Detroit, where he was diagnosed with a hernia and was expected to miss four to six weeks.
But now, after visits to specialists in Montreal and Philadelphia, the doctors are ready to diagnose Ordonez's hernia injury, and will now move forward with surgery Wednesday, as reported by WDFN 1130 The Fan. The surgery will sideline him eight to twelve weeks, putting his return somewhere around the All Star break.
It's hopefully the final step before recovery in what has been a frustrating string of events for Ordonez, who has been desperate to get back on the field and prove doubters wrong, that he indeed was healthy and could still hit at a high level as one of the top players in baseball.
Some among the Tiger front office were even hoping Ordonez would get off to a hot start and earn himself an appearance as an All Star in front of the Detroit home crowd at the All Star game. At this point though, the Tiger front office is just hoping he'll have a hit as a Tiger by the break.