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Published: Wednesday, 7/16/2008

Tigers sending Thomas back to Hens


The Tigers optioned outfielder Clete Thomas to Toledo to make room for Magglio Ordonez, who will come off the disabled list for Detroit's game in Baltimore tomorrow.

Thomas, who is batting .284 with a homer, nine doubles, a triple and nine RBIs in 40 games with the Tigers is rejoining the Hens' regular roster for the second time this year.

Toledo will resume its schedule after the All-Star break tomorrow in Pawtucket.

Ordonez, the American League's reigning batting champ, has been sidelined since June 29 with a pulled oblique.

By sending Thomas to the Hens, the Tigers can keep Matt Joyce in the big leagues. Joyce was called up from Toledo to fill in for Ordonez, and has hit four homers in his last five games. He was named the AL Player of the Week for play ending July 13.

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