After learning they may be without Ordonez for the remainder of the season, the surging White Sox will continue their pursuit of first place in the division when they resume their three-game series with the visiting Detroit Tigers.
Ordonez, a four-time All-Star, went back on the disabled list with an injured left knee Friday and could spend up to eight weeks on crutches. The outfielder has a fluid problem in his knee, stemming from a collision with second baseman Willie Harris on May 19 in Cleveland.
“It breaks my heart,” White Sox general manager Ken Williams said. “I just saw Magglio inside and he was close to having tears in his eyes. You can’t really say much to him, other than put your arm around him and give him a hug and wish him well.
“I can only hope it’s more along the lines of four weeks.”
Ordonez went on the 15-day disabled list a week after the collision and had surgery to repair torn cartilage on June 5.
Chicago already is missing two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas, who is expected to miss eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.
After the White Sox heard the bad news about Ordonez, Esteban Loaiza allowed four runs and seven hits over six innings in a series-opening 6-4 win over the Tigers.
Cliff Politte and Damaso Marte combined for two hitless innings. Shingo Takatsu pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save in eight chances, finishing off Chicago’s seventh straight win over a division rival.
The White Sox have won four of their last five overall to remain within a half-game of first-place Minnesota in the Central.