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Morning Prowl: Magglio's Absence, Armando's Struggles, Wrong About Edwin, and Pudge Hits #300

When the Tigers announced that Magglio Ordonez was leaving the team for "personal reasons," people couldn't help but wonder what was going on. (Jim Leyland had already alluded to "things on his mind.") The team elaborated after yesterday's game, announcing that Ordonez was going on bereavement leave to be with his wife while she has surgery.

The move allows the Tigers to call up another player on the 40-man roster to replace Ordonez. He's expected to miss four days, but would be allowed to miss up to seven.

Kurt tries to figure out what's going on with Armando Galarraga. Is he throwing fewer strikes? Are his mechanics out of whack? Does he need to change his approach? Or could he be hurt?

Jeremy Bonderman's next rehab start will be for Triple-A Toledo on Thursday. If you happen to be in or near Gwinnett, GA, that's where Bondo will be pitching with the Mud Hens.

Billfer admits he was wrong about Edwin Jackson. At this point, I think it's understood that many of us overreacted to that deal (and likely overrated Matt Joyce, who's currently in Triple-A), but I admire Bill's willingness to take his medicine. That trade currently looks like a brilliant deal by Dave Dombrowski.

Where did Adam Kennedy's home run ball from yesterday end up? In the hands of Old English D! (Or more specifically, her son.) How cool is that? (I am so envious.)

FOX Sports' Dayn Perry picks one thing that each AL Central team should wish for. Do you agree with his pick for the Tigers' biggest need right now?

(Hat tip to Billfer)

In his look around the Tigers' minor league system, the Detroit News' Lynn Henning features 17-year-old outfielder Avisail Garcia, who's currently playing with Single-A West Michigan.

Did you notice that Pudge Rodriguez hit his 300th career home run yesterday? And since he hit it at Wrigley Field, Pudge had no trouble getting the ball back.

If you missed it over the weekend, Carlos Guillen's shoulder is feeling stronger, and he's begun to hit off a tee.

MLB and FOX announced that postseason games will start earlier, beginning this year. Ken Rosenthal reports that first pitch for weeknight games will be at 7:57 p.m. EST. Weekend games could begin even earlier. No word yet from TBS as to whether they'll do the same.