Maggs in the house
It was great to see Magglio Ordonez back in the Tigers clubhouse before Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay. It has been three weeks since his surgery for a sports hernia and the original prognosis was for an 8-10 week recovery. So, while Mags has plenty of recuperating to do, it was great just to see him walk around the clubhouse with a smile on his face. Dmitri young has had the surgery in the past and his advice was to take it slow. Mags agrees. "I’m going to take my time," he said. "It’s something you can’t control. You have to stay positive." All he could really do was stand and watch during pregame stretch, but you could tell he was really happy just to put the uniform on.
Another Tiger on the DL is closer Troy Percival. You don’t see him moping around the clubhouse. In fact, he still rustles up a daily card game and is still very much a part of the clubhouse. It’s not much fun being at the park if you can’t play, but Percival realizes there is much more to the game than what takes place on the field. I’ve known Troy since he broke in with the Angels in the mid ’90’s. He is the definition of a teammate. Tuesday night during the telecast we showed Troy in the bullpen and in the dugout during the game. He could easily have been in the clubhouse ten toes up watching the game on the big screen, but he’d rather be around his teammates.
There is no question he has already had an impact on the relievers in the pen, but it doesn’t stop there. Craig Monroe told us in Texas on the last trip that Percival, who lockers next to Craig, has taken the time to help him with how other relievers are apt to pitch him. Not only do other pitchers benefit from being around Troy, but the young hitters do as well.
There’s a whole lot of money sitting on the DL right now between Magglio and Troy, but the club has already gotten some return on it’s investment. And, if things go well, it won’t be long before the payout increases.