Ordonez, sick with a viral infection since the end of spring training, played in Monday’s opener and started Wednesday’s game before leaving in the fourth inning because of dizziness. He did not play in Thursday’s 7-3 win over Kansas City.
“We’re not going to mess around with this anymore,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “It might be a day or it might be a couple. He’s day to day right now.”
Ordonez, who was limited to 52 games with the Chicago White Sox last season due to a knee injury, signed a $75 million, five-year contract with the Tigers during the offseason. He hit .317 with 29 home runs and 99 RBIs in his last full season with Chicago in 2003.
Detroit took two of three, winning an opening series for the second consecutive season.
Cleveland salvaged the final game of its three-game series against Chicago with Thursday’s stirring 11-5, 11-inning win.
“Our guys, they don’t let their guard down, they keep going,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “It’s a tribute to them, not just to tie it, but to keep it going in extra innings, too.”
The Indians’ offensive explosion came after they scored just three runs in losing their first two games.