Mussina hasn’t pitched since suffering a 6-4 loss to the Mets on June 25. His last scheduled start at Baltimore was rained out Thursday.
Mussina had his personal three-game winning streak snapped by the Mets, allowing five runs and six hits, including two home runs, over six innings.
“He didn’t have that control and he needs that,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said of Mussina, who only walked one but was working from behind in the count on almost every better he faced. “He’s not a power pitcher and when he falls behind in the count, it’s tough for anybody to pitch, but Moose really depends on getting ahead in the count.”
Mussina has dominated the Tigers during his career, going 16-5 with a 2.51 ERA in 27 starts. He beat Detroit 12-3 on May 23, scattering six hits over seven scoreless innings.
The Yankees lost for the sixth time in eight games after Detroit took Friday’s series opener 10-2.
Sidelined since April 13 with a hernia, Ordonez wasn’t expected back until later in the weekend, but asked manager Alan Trammell to put him in Friday’s lineup.
“It was exciting. I got my first hit as a Tiger and I felt good,” Ordonez said.
Ordonez went 0-for-10 in three early season games after signing with the Tigers as a free agent. In his last healthy season, he hit .317 with 29 homers and 99 RBIs for the Chicago White Sox in 2003.
“We just put a guy in the middle of our lineup that is a very good hitter,” Trammell said. “This is a guy with a proven track record.”