MINNEAPOLIS -- After being scratched from Monday's lineup due to soreness in his side, Magglio Ordonez started in right field for the Tigers on Tuesday against the Twins.
Ordonez said the pain in his side was caused by a virus he has been dealing with since last week. He said the illness caused aches and pains in his body that made him unable to play in the series opener in Minnesota.
"I feel better today, I'm fine today," Ordonez said. "When you're sick, you're body aches."
The outfielder said the virus caused him to have a sore throat that left him barely able to speak on Monday and a fever.
He came down with the illness last week when the Tigers were in New York. He went 3-for-20 in the three-game series against the Mets and said he was feeling the effects of the virus at the plate.
Manager Jim Leyland waited until just a couple hours before the game to put his outfielder in the lineup, but was pleased to hear Ordonez felt much better and the Tigers could stop worrying about a potential injury to his side.