Rays may sign Lugo to fill in for Ordonez

Updated: May 15, 2003, 12:00 PM ET
By Jim Baker
Carter Gattis of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that Rey Ordoñez's sprained left knee is going to keep him out of the lineup for perhaps another month. His manager, Lou Piniella, gave this accounting of the time frame for his return: ``It's doubtful that he'll be ready when his time comes to come off the DL. In other words, we don't think he'll be ready in two weeks. A month, tops -- probably in the three-week range.''

Ordoñez's injury comes in the midst of one of the most productive periods in his career. He has already matched his career-high in home runs (3) and was on pace to shatter his highs in hits, doubles and runs batted in. His batting average (.316) is 68 points over his career number and his slugging average (.487) is off the charts in the context of his career mark of .336.

Before we get carried away with what he's done so far, it should be pointed out that he's only drawn two walks in 124 plate appearances, a sure sign that he has not matured in terms of selectivity. An even surer sign is that the number of pitches he is seeing per plate appearance is not improving. In fact, he's doing anything but improving:
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