Outfield prospect Wilkin Ramirez, who hit the go-ahead home run Wednesday in his Major League debut, was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Ordonez, who left the team after Sunday's game to be with his wife, Dagly, while she underwent surgery.
Manager Jim Leyland said Thursday morning that Ordonez's wife was reportedly doing well, but that Ordonez was not expected to rejoin the team in time for the game in the afternoon.
Ramirez's thrilling debut will be his only Major League game for a while. The 23-year-old struck out twice before hitting his go-ahead homer off Texas' Matt Harrison Wednesday, then was lifted for a pinch-hitter. He was the first Tigers player in 35 years to homer in his big league debut.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.