Ordonez was guardedly optimistic about his chances of playing Monday afternoon against the Orioles at Camden Yards.
"Yeah," he said after Sunday's 10-7 win over the Yankees. "We'll see."
Though Leyland reiterated that the injury "doesn't seem to be anything serious," he didn't want to risk worsening it Sunday. Leyland indicated that Ordonez is considered day to day and didn't rule the veteran out of Monday's game.
"We're just going to wait and see," Leyland said. "The weather's supposed to be pretty dicey in Baltimore. We'll see how it feels. I'm not going to play him today, but it doesn't appear to be anything."
Leyland lifted Ordonez for a defensive replacement in the sixth inning of Saturday's 10-6 Tigers loss as a precaution. Leyland said after the game it was "doubtful" Ordonez would play on Sunday behind starter Max Scherzer.
"This early in the season and in the cold, we just didn't want to take any chances," Leyland said.
Leyland said he had already planned to keep Ordonez off the field on Sunday, using him as the designated hitter and giving Victor Martinez his first start behind the plate. Still, Leyland would rather not risk using Ordonez as a baserunner. Ordonez broke the ankle on a slide at home plate last July.
With Ordonez out, Brennan Boesch earned his second start in as many games, this time as the DH and the third batter in the Tigers' order, in front of Miguel Cabrera. Boesch went 4-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored.
Don Kelly got the start in right field, while Ramon Santiago earned his first start of the season at second base in place of Will Rhymes.