CLEVELAND -- Finally, Magglio Ordonez knows what's wrong with him.
A specialist in Philadelphia confirmed a sports hernia on Ordonez. He'll undergo surgery there Wednesday afternoon, and is expected to miss 8-12 weeks before he's ready to play again.
The timetable is typical for players with such injuries, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. It could be shortened, he cautioned, depending on how much damage is found during the operation.
"He will be inactive for the first three weeks after surgery," Rand said. "After that, he will be able to resume conditioning and a rehab program."
The surgery will be conducted by Dr. Bill Meyers, the second hernia specialist Ordonez visited in the span of about a week. The first, Dr. Rea Brown, also diagnosed a sports hernia, but saw enough additional symptoms that he recommended more tests to rule out other possible problems in his pelvic area. Those tests, including a bone scan last week, showed nothing else.
In that sense, the diagnosis is mixed news. It's a worse timetable than the 4-6 weeks suggested earlier. As president/general manager Dave Dombrowski pointed out at the time, though, that timetable was a best-case scenario.
The greater sense at this point is relief that doctors finally pinpointed the cause of Ordonez's discomfort. He last played exactly two weeks ago at Minnesota, and that followed a four-game absence for dizziness and viral symptoms. Add in a diagnosed bout of diverticulitis, and Ordonez hasn't been healthy since about mid-March.
"I think we're all relieved," manager Alan Trammell said. "They've diagnosed it, it's going to be taken care of, and now we can get on to the next phase of rehab of recovery. If we can get him for half a season, that would be great. But the bottom line is we got it diagnosed and we're going to get it fixed. It's been a very long, complicated ordeal.
"You can say it's taken a long time, but in all honesty, our guys have worked at it very hard. Oftentimes these kinds of things can take longer to diagnose. We're on the right track. We're going to get it taken care of, and then the next stage starts."
Rand said he spoke to Ordonez during the day.
"Magglio is very relieved to have a definite diagnosis," Rand said. "He's very anxious to get this taken care of and get back to playing."
Ordonez's sports hernia, Rand said, was exercise induced. A sports hernia occurs when contents of the abdomen push through a gap in the front lining of the abdominal wall, causing pain and swelling. The surgery will close the gap. As long as his rehab works and the injury is allowed to heal, he should be fine, though some research on such injuries suggests an athlete who suffers a sports hernia has a slightly increased chance of suffering another one after he returns to action.
If the preliminary timetable holds, Ordonez would return just before or after the All-Star break.
"The best thing for him to do is take his time," said Dmitri Young, who missed much of the 2002 with a hernia, although his was closer to the groin area. "If he makes it in that timetable, so be it. The thing that happens is, there'll be days when you'll start feeling good, and then all of a sudden you'll come in a day or so later and feel a twinge."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.