Tigers’ Ordonez to miss 6-8 weeks

The Detroit Tigers lost a serious part of their lineup tonight when outfielder Magglio Ordonez broke his ankle during the game against Toronto. He will be out 6-8 weeks.

Ordonez is hitting .303 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs for the Tigers, who are a half-game behind the Minnesota Twins for second place in the AL Central. Both teams trail the Chicago White Sox, who have a two-game lead on the Twins.

I have no idea who will replace Ordonez. Looking at their roster, I would venture to guess Ryan Raburn, who is hitting .209 this season, will see a bump in playing time. But I’m just guessing on that. Maybe there’s someone in the minors that I don’t know about.

Regardless, it will be tough to replace Ordonez’s production.

Kahn’s fine is deserved

Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn was fined $50,000 for remarks he made regarding new Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley and his past drug use.

I mentioned a couple of days ago that Kahn made some interesting comments to KFAN KSTP radio station. Here they are again:

Of Michael Beasley:

"He’s a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he’s not smoking anymore," Kahn said, "and I told him that I would trust him as long as that was the case."

The Timberwolves organization was fined an additional $50,000 for inappropriate comments.

When the Wolves first hired Kahn, I initially liked the move, but that was moreso from a journalist’s perspective. Kahn said things early in his tenure as president that most team officials don’t, maybe because he used to be a sports writer himself. He’s not one for the sports cliche.

But considering the organization got fined too, Kahn’s demeanor with the press will no doubt change. I’m sure Wolves owner Glen Taylor doesn’t appreciate being levied a big fine from this himself, so he’ll likely pull Kahn aside and tell him, "You might want to go by the book when it comes to public speaking."

As the Wolves spiral further and further downward – and as Kahn says stranger and stranger things – we’ll look back on this time as not just a lackluster but also embarrassing – on and off the court – era of basketball for the NBA in the Twin Cities.

Kahn’s comments about Beasley are really inappropriate, and I’m sure Beasley didn’t appreciate how candid Kahn was being on that radio show.