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Magglio expected to play Thursday

Magglio expected to play Thursday

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CHICAGO -- Magglio Ordonez's absence to a sore left oblique lasted one more day, but manager Jim Leyland doesn't expect it to last any longer than that. He plans to have Ordonez back in the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the White Sox.

Ordonez was available Wednesday, Leyland said, but he wasn't put in the starting lineup.

"He could play," Leyland said, "but the thinking behind it is: If he plays tonight, then tomorrow's a day game, I doubt that I'd want to play him [again], take a chance. They've got the lefty [John Danks] tomorrow, the righty [Freddy Garcia] tonight, so I'm going to hold him one more night, let it rest up totally a little bit more, and then play him tomorrow.

"He's ready to go. I could play him tonight, but I think I'd be taking a chance if I played him tonight and then wanted him to go back out there."

Ordonez could pinch-hit, but Leyland doubted that he would use him.

Ryan Raburn replaced Ordonez in the lineup once again, batting third and playing left field while rookie Brennan Boesch shifted over to right. Raburn hit two key doubles in Ordonez's place Tuesday night, scoring two runs and driving in another.

"If you don't play him after last night," Leyland asked aloud, "when are you going to play him?"

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