Delmon Young Likely to Miss Time

ALCS Yankees Tigers BaseballThe Phillies said a few times Delmon Young could open the season on the disabled list following microfracture surgery on his right ankle in November. Ruben Amaro Jr. reiterated that point earlier this month, when he said Young will be the only player in camp behind schedule and might not play in a Grapefruit League game until mid-March.

Charlie Manuel affirmed that likelihood again today.

“From where the doctors and the trainers have him at, I think there’s a chance he’ll miss some time,” he said.

Young didn’t dispute that.

“The ankle is feeling good but I’m not a doctor,” he said. “So when the doctor tells me when everything will be ready, I’ll be out there. I’m not going to put any date on it. I’ll be out there at that time when it’s fully healed and I build up baseball stamina and I can be out there for nine innings.”

So he’s likely to miss the beginning of the season then?

“I just told him, I have no clue,” he said. “So that answered your question.”

The Phillies signed Young to a one-year, $750,000 contract that can reach $3.5 million based on incentives and performance bonuses. He receives $250,000 the first day he spends on the active 25-man roster. He also receives conditioning bonuses. Young will be weighed six times this season. Each time he makes weight, he makes $100,000. The first three times he must weigh 230 pounds or fewer. The second three times he must weigh 235 pounds or fewer.

Young would not say how much he weighs with the Phillies holding their first full-squad workout tomorrow.

“I don’t really go on the scale that much,” he said. “I just see what clothes fit and see when I can go on the beach.”

Has he been to the beach yet?

“It’s too cold right now,” he said.

Young likely will not be participating in much of tomorrow’s workout. He can basically taking batting practice and play catch, but that’s about it.

“I’m on my own program until I’m fully able to go out there,” he said. “I have other things to get done. The timing of it all will conflict with me being on the field. … You want to be out there but you also don’t want to set yourself back a month or two by trying to go out too early.”

Young doesn’t think missing much time should affect him too much.

“I don’t know,” he said, asked if he hopes to play in a Grapefruit League game. “It really doesn’t matter. I’ve seen Joe Mauer miss a whole spring training and a month of the season and win MVP and go to the playoffs. As long as you’re healthy when you come back, you just go out and play well.”

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Good. Maybe brown will get a shot to play every day, at least for a little bit. He really needs to come out with some inspired play this spring to make Cholly think twice about taking at-bats away from him when Delmon Young is available.

Did Delmon really compare himself to Joe Mauer? lol That’s hilarious!

He is still full of himself from what was, and I admit it, a terrific showing at the plate during the playoffs in 2012, earning himself ALCS MVP honors in the process.

Unfortunately for him, he had to actually play defense when playing at a NL venue.

So what happened in those instances? Well, he pretty much made a fool of himself while millions watched.

It wasnt a coincidence that he only started in LF 29 times for the Tigers in 2012. By the way, LF is widely considered one of the easiest, if not THE easiest, position to play in baseball. Hence, players like Greg Luzinski, Pat Burrell, Raul Ibañez, Delmon Young, and the fat kid in your little league are placed there mercifully.

In all seriousness, Delmon Young might have had the worst throw from an outfielder in World Series history, and that is no exaggeration. Maybe he saw that rascally gopher from “Caddyshack” and felt no game is more important than killing that furry fucker.

So, of course, I had to use it as “exhibit A” (in gif-style) in my case (article) I wrote about why Brown should start over Young and the rest of the OF situation in general. If you want a laugh, take a look.

http://phillyphanalysis.com/2013/02/01/the-phillies-outfield-enigma/

“I don’t really go on the scale that much,” he said. “I just see what clothes fit and see when I can go on the beach.”

Side note: YEAH FUCKING RIGHT DELMON! You have weight clauses that could “earn” you an extra $600K and you aren’t jumping on the scale every day? I’m calling bullshit on that one. We are talking about an amount of money that, for the average American, would take about a decade to make. All you have to do is not be the lazy ass you have been for the past few years, and it’s yours.

Btw, I think that is some bullshit, and unless the guy was an amazing hitter like Miggy Cabrera or even Pablo Sandoval, it’s ridiculous for the phils to do that crap and hope he isn’t the person that he has been for years.

Sorry, I just hate working hard for my money, as meager as it is in comparison, then have that shlub make it for doing some god damn exercise, when he is a fucking pro athlete! Man that really chaps my ass, just incase you couldn’t tell. Haha

I hope Ruf and Brown play well enough that Delmon Young is a memory by meidseason. It’s not like you’re gonna keep him around as a defensive replacement.

Hopefully an AL team that needs a DH to make a run at/in the playoffs will remember what he did in the 2012 playoffs and will give us something decent in a trade for him. That would be nice.

I do too, but judging by Brown’s comments, he seems like a shot fighter. I don’t hear any urgency or committment in his voice. At one point, he actually acknowledged that they could send him back to the minors.

I don’t know, I didn’t really get that from how he talked. To me, it sounded like he is just tired of talking about it, and just wants to get out there and be allowed to play for more than 212 plate appearances. Hopefully he gets that chance.

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