The Tigers will place Ordonez on the bereavement list, which is permissible for players dealing with a medical emergency. A player can remain on the bereavement list between three and seven days, and the team can call up another player from the 40-man roster to take his place.
The move is something the Tigers had planned out over the weekend. Manager Jim Leyland said Saturday that Ordonez would leave the team after Sunday's game and hopefully return Thursday to tend to a personal issue. It was uncertain whether Ordonez would rejoin the team in time for Thursday's afternoon game against the Rangers.
"You think of Magglio first and the team second," Leyland said Saturday.
Neither Leyland nor Ordonez specified the issue at that point, but Ordonez said he would not be traveling home to Venezuela.
The team made an official announcement after Sunday's win over the A's, and requested that reporters respect Ordonez's privacy. Ordonez was not available for comment.
Ordonez got off to a slow start at the plate this season before picking up this week. Leyland suggested a week and a half ago that Magglio had other matters to deal with.
"He's struggling," Leyland said of Ordonez May 6. "He's got some other things on his mind."
With a scheduled off-day Monday, the Tigers will wait until Tuesday to call up a player to take Ordonez's spot on the 25-man roster. Josh Anderson and Ryan Raburn are expected to get more playing time in Ordonez's place during the upcoming series with Texas, which will start two right-handed pitchers and a left-hander for the series.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.