The Ducks' roster took a huge hit Saturday when centerfielder Lew Ford was signed by Tijuana of the Mexican League.
Ford, who won the Atlantic League Player of the Year award last season and had recently been promoted to bench coach, was leading the league in batting (.361), hits (96) and RBIs (58).
"The Atlantic League is here to help players have their careers and give them new opportunities in their careers," Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff said. "This is no different. It was an opportunity for Lew that he decided to take. We're happy for him on a personal level."
However, the hit may only be temporary.
"I think there's a strong chance that Lew will be back this season because the Mexican League ends in mid-August," Pfaff said. "We could very well be seeing Lew back here before too long."
Pfaff said he had discussions with Ford about the possibility of returning.
"I'm confident that, if all remains as it is right now, that he'll be returning," Pfaff said. "We'll just have to wait and see what happens. But, I'm confident that he'll return at the end of the Mexican League season."