Delmon Young hasn’t exactly been a model citizen since entering pro ball back in 2004, and his latest infraction has cost him a week’s worth of games.
Young was suspended by Major League Baseball for seven days without pay following his arrest last week for third-degree assault and an aggravated harassment hate crime for an alleged altercation outside the Tigers’ hotel in New York City. The suspension is retroactive, so Young will be eligible to be activated from the restricted list on Friday.
The former first overall pick will also be required to participate in a treatment program as part of the discipline handed down by MLB. Remember that this is the same guy that was suspended 50 games for throwing a bat at an umpire during a minor league game. It’s clear he has a volatile temper, so getting some treatment couldn’t hurt.
As far as what the Tigers do while Young is out, they’ll continue to use a combination of Andy Dirks, Don Kelly and Brad Eldred in the DH and left field spots. Young was batting just .242/.311/.333 with one homer and five RBI through his first 18 games, so it’s not as if Detroit is losing a red-hot hitter.
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Wrist Bothering Morneau again
Justin Morneau had problems with his left wrist for a good chunk of last season, eventually undergoing surgery last September to stabilize a tendon. On Monday, he had to exit a game against the Angels after experiencing more problems with the same wrist.
The 30-year-old will fly back to Minnesota to have his sore left wrist examined by Twins' hand specialist Dr. Tom Varecka. Morneau, who said the wrist actually started bothering him during a series against the Rays from April 20-22 but gradually became worse, is hoping that it's just scar tissue breaking up from last year's surgery. We should know more about his status Tuesday.
Morneau is batting just .230 after going hitless in his first two at-bats Monday, but he’s belted four homers and slugged .459 in the opening month, and, most importantly, he hasn’t had a recurrence of the concussion issues that plagued him last year. So, overall the Twins have to be pleased with what they’ve gotten out of him in April. Hopefully this is just a minor bump in the road and the left-handed swinger will be back in action shortly, but it's hard to be optimistic given his health issues over the past couple year.
Longo Hurts Knee
Morneau wasn’t the only slugger to get hurt Monday, as Evan Longoria exited the game against the Mariners with left knee soreness.
Longo hurt himself when he slid awkwardly into second base while attempting a steal. The good news is that he was able to walk off under his own power, and it doesn’t sound like something that will keep him out long.
"It's kind of a day to day gig right now so we'll find out more when he comes in tomorrow,'' Maddon said to the Tampa Bay Times.
Longoria will be put through tests, which could include an MRI, on Tuesday, at which point we’ll know more about his status. At the very least, though, we have to figure he’ll miss a game or two. Elliot Johnson took Longoria’s place at third base Monday and wound up plating the winning run in extra innings, and he and Jeff Keppinger would be candidates for more playing time if Longo has to go on the shelf.
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