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Slugger out at least a month

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Outfielder Magglio Ordonez, who signed a
five-year, $75 million contract with the Detroit Tigers in the
offseason, will undergo hernia surgery and miss at least 4-6 weeks.

Ordonez, who missed all but 52 games with the Chicago White Sox
last season because of a knee injury, has been ailing most of the
spring.

Manager Alan Trammell had said on Thursday he did not think
Ordonez would need to go on the disabled list. But general manager
Dave Dombrowski said Friday he was informed by doctors that they
had discovered the hernia.

"I'm glad they found it," Dombrowski said. "It's been a
situation where he's been quite ill. It's very unusual for somebody
who's a very healthy, hardworking 31-year-old person who's had the
misfortune he's had. He's had the flu, he's had some infections.
There's been a variety of things."

Taking Ordonez's spot on the roster is right-hander Andrew Good,
whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Toledo.

Ordonez had been sent back to Detroit from Minnesota on
Wednesday after experiencing recurring symptoms from what was
described as a viral infection. He began feeling ill the last week
of spring training and appeared in only three games, going hitless
in 10 at-bats.

He was one of the league's premier power hitters in eight
seasons with the White Sox, batting .307 with 187 home runs and 703
RBI.

The surgery will be scheduled after Ordonez meets with
specialists early next week, Dombrowski said.

"This is a quality player, a quality individual," Dombrowski
said. "It's unfortunate for him and for the club that he's not
going to be in the lineup for this period of time. But it's not
career-threatening."

Ordonez was the last top-tier free agent left on the market when
the Tigers made him their most expensive free agent signee ever. He
agreed to a five-year deal with two option years that could raise
the total to $105 million over seven seasons.

Other clubs were wary to commit to a long-term deal because
Ordonez had knee surgery last season. He missed 36 games when he
hurt the knee on May 19 and then went on the DL for good on July
22.

The Tigers got some protection written into the contract, but
only relating to the knee. If his left knee puts him on the
disabled list for 25 days or more in 2005, the Tigers can void the
rest of the contract after paying him between $6 million and $12
million this year -- depending on how much time he misses.

Trammell said he was uncertain who would take Ordonez's place in
right field.

"I'm not going to rule anything out," he said. "If a guy
comes in and steps up and does a good job, you'll probably see him
another day. We'll kind of go from there."

Dombrowski said Ordonez was at least grateful to know what the
problem was.

"He didn't sound like he was distressed -- not happy by any
means. But he's had to deal with a great amount over the time
period," Dombrowski said. "He's just kept an unbelievable
attitude -- 'OK, let's get this thing fixed as fast as I can.' "