Ordonez fractured his ankle July 24 on an awkward slide into home plate. The original timetable called for him to miss six to eight weeks, a timetable that head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said can't be accelerated due to the risk of further injury if the ankle hasn't fully healed. That was about three and a half weeks ago.
Team physician Dr. Stephen Lemos will examine Ordonez, who will have his cast removed. If his ankle looks good, it'll be placed in a walking boot and he'll be cleared for physical activity. Unable to work out, Ordonez has been at home with his family in Venezuela.
Considering his .326 career batting average and .895 OPS in September make it his second-best month, there's a definite benefit if the Tigers can get him back. They would have to close the gap in the American League Central without him to make it important to a playoff race, but his track record at least suggests he can make an impact.