With Ordonez hitting .255 since returning in June and just .154 in August, the 37-year-old's playing time is about to get shortened with the Tigers' acquisition of outfielder Delmon Young on Monday.
"I'm not down on Magglio at all," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He had an injury. He never really got rolling again. We think he can still contribute."
Leyland said he will pick his spots to play Ordonez, but plans on using Young, Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch as his everyday outfield. Out of respect for the veteran, Leyland called Ordonez as soon as the Young trade happened.
Leyland laid out the situation for Ordonez. The Tigers still hope his bat will come around more as they make a push toward the playoffs, but it won't come in an everyday role.
"It's an honest conversation, and there's never any difficulty with honesty," Leyland said.