Tag:Delmon Young
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:22 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 3:14 pm

Ellsbury, K-Rod top MLB's other signings

Tuesday was the last day for arbitration-eligible players to sign 2012 contracts before the arbitration process begins with an exchange of salary figures. Thus, it was a deadline day for some MLB teams teams that have a policy of not continuing negotiations after arbitration numbers are exchanged.

The big arbitration news involved two aces, the Phillies' Cole Hamels and the Giants' Tim Lincecum. Hamels avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15 million deal for 2012 with the Phillies, while Lincecum is headed to arbitration.

The biggest signing beyond Hamels was Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, who got $10.95 plus incentives from the Dodgers.

Among other signings Tuesday:

-- Jacoby Ellsbury got $8.05 million from the Red Sox.

-- Francisco Rodriguez got $8 million plus incentives from the Brewers.

-- Michael Bourn got $6,845,000 from the Braves.

-- Delmon Young got $6.75 million from the Tigers.

-- James Loney got $6.375 plus bonuses from the Dodgers.

-- Mike Pelfrey got $5,687,500 from the Mets, with incentive bonuses based on innings pitched.

-- Jair Jurrjens got $5.5 million from the Braves.

-- Francisco Liriano got $5.5 million from the Twins.

-- Erick Aybar got $5.075 million from the Angels.

-- Shin-Soo Choo got $4.9 million from the Indians.

-- Jason Vargas got $4.85 million from the Mariners.

-- David Price got $4.35 million from the Rays.

-- Geovany Soto got $4.3 million from the Cubs.

-- Brandon League got $5 million from the Mariners.

-- Justin Masterson got $3.825 million from the Indians.

-- Max Scherzer got $3.75 million plus bonuses from the Tigers.

-- Luke Hochevar got $3.51 million from the Royals.

-- Tom Gorzelanny got $2.7 million from the Nationals.

-- Jordan Zimmermann got $2.3 million from the Nationals.

-- Joba Chamberlain got about $1.675 million from the Yankees.

-- David Robertson got $1.6 million plus incentives from the Yankees.

-- Glen Perkins got $1.55 million from the Twins.

-- Wilson Valdez got $930,000 from the Phillies.

-- Don Kelly got $900,000 from the Tigers.

-- John Baker got $750,000 from the Padres.

Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:14 pm

Tigers get a win -- and more injuries

DETROIT -- The Tigers are back in this series.

Now, can they stay healthy enough to have a chance to win it?

It was another wild night in the American League Championship Series on Tuesday, and at the end of it the Tigers had their first win. They trail the Rangers two games to one, with a chance to tie the series in Game 4 Wednesday, and with ace Justin Verlander returning for Game 5 Thursday.

Not only that, but Miguel Cabrera's bat looks healthier than it has in days, after a tie-breaking double in the fifth and a towering home run in the seventh.

Speaking of health . . .

Victor Martinez strained an oblique muscle while hitting a home run -- and stayed in the game. Delmon Young, who was off the roster and then back on with an oblique strain, was scratched from the original lineup when he was too sore to play.

Oh, and Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre could barely walk after fouling multiple pitches off his knee and lower leg -- and stayed in the game.

The Rangers depend on Beltre, but at least they have other healthier middle-of-the-order hitters.

With Brennan Boesch and Magglio Ordonez out for the year, with Young more questionable than ever and with Martinez suddenly questionable as well, the Tigers may not.

But they're back in this series, because of Cabrera, because Martinez and Jhonny Peralta also homered (the franchise's first three-homer postseason game since the 1984 World Series), and in large part because of starter Doug Fister, who allowed just two runs in 7 1/3 innings.

Fister is healthy. Cabrera is, too.

Are there enough healthy Tigers around them?
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 3:30 pm

Rainout may have helped Tigers -- again

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rain definitely helped the Tigers in 2006 against the Yankees. Rain may have helped the Tigers this year against the Yankees.

Is rain (or the threat of rain) helping the Tigers again?

Could be.

When Game 2 was postponed Sunday, there was some thought that it would benefit the Rangers, making Alexi Ogando available out of the bullpen. But on second thought . . .

Had the game been played Sunday night as scheduled, the Tigers definitely would have been without Delmon Young. Monday, with an extra day to recover from his oblique injury, Young was added to the roster to replace the injured Magglio Ordonez, and immediately returned to the lineup as the Tigers' third-place hitter.

Also, as manager Jim Leyland said, Tigers Game 2 starter Max Scherzer should now be at full strength. Scherzer threw 1 1/3 innings in Game 5 against the Yankees Thursday night, and because of that the Tigers originally scheduled him to pitch Game 4 of the ALCS instead of Game 2.

"I don't see where it's a big advantage to the Rangers like everybody else says," Leyland said early Monday afternoon. "I'm not saying it's a big advantage to us, either, but I don't think it's more of an advantage to them. I think it works just as well for us as for them."

The other question is why Sunday's game was postponed in the first place. Baseball worried about "pop-up showers" causing irritating delays, but as it turned out it didn't rain.

"If somebody buys an umbrella down here, they cancel school evidently," Leyland quipped. "I don't know."

The Tigers said Young was able to return so fast because he was hurt higher up on his side, rather than the lower part of the oblique. They said that he was checked out thoroughly by doctors Sunday night at the Tigers' hotel, but didn't try swinging a bat until Monday morning.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:07 am
Edited on: October 10, 2011 1:26 pm

Tigers put Delmon Young back on ALCS roster

ARLINGTON, Texas -- To replace the injured Magglio Ordonez, the Tigers chose an outfielder who hit three home runs in five Division Series games against the Yankees.

Delmon Young is back on the roster. And back in the lineup, batting third, for Monday afternoon's rescheduled Game 2.

Young was removed from the Tigers' roster before the American League Championship Series against the Rangers, after he strained an oblique muscle in Game 5 in New York. Young healed quicker than expected, and Ordonez suffered a broken right ankle that ended his season and quite possibly his career.

The Tigers had no other good options to replace Ordonez, and they added Young back to the roster even before they were certain he could play Monday. Manager Jim Leyland said that Young went through early drills Monday morning and was cleared to play.

Young's return could be a big boost for the Tigers, who had been faced with the lost of two right-handed hitting outfielders, both of whom bat in the middle of the order.

With Young back, Leyland returned to his normal lineup, with Young batting in front of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. Ryan Raburn, who played left field in Young's absence in Game 1, subs for Ordonez in right field in Game 2 and bats sixth.

Especially with Ordonez out, the Tigers badly need Young's right-handed bat. They face Rangers left-hander Derek Holland in Monday's rescheduled Game 2. The Rangers have a right-hander, Colby Lewis, pitching Game 3 on Tuesday in Detroit, but left-handers (Matt Harrison and C.J. Wilson) set for Games 4 and 5 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Posted on: October 9, 2011 5:15 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 7:13 pm

Ordonez breaks ankle, Tigers in trouble

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Tigers have lost another outfielder, and this one's bad.

Magglio Ordonez is out for the rest of the postseason, after fracturing the same right ankle he broke in July 2010. Given how much trouble Ordonez had coming back the first time, and given his age (he'll be 38 in January), this injury could well be career-ending.

The Tigers at first announced only that Ordonez had reinjured the ankle, but later confirmed that X-rays and a CT scan showed a break. According to a source, Ordonez hurt the ankle before Saturday's game, tried to play, then was pulled from the game after the second rain delay.

While the Tigers can and will replace Ordonez on their postseason roster, they're already short on right-handed hitters, after losing Delmon Young to an oblique strain in Game 5 of the Division Series against the Yankees.

That's two right-handed hitting outfielders, and two middle-of-the-order hitters, lost for the Tigers in just two days. Worse yet, the Rangers are starting three left-handed pitchers in this American League Championship Series, and the Tigers have few right-handed options to replace Ordonez.

Ordonez was 5-for-11 in the Division Series, and he said last week that he finally felt healthy, after nearly a year trying to recover from the initial injury. Ordonez said that the recovery was so slow and so difficult that he seriously considered retiring a couple of months ago.

"It's like a car with a flat tire," Ordonez said then. "Now the tire has a lot of air."

Or it did, until Saturday.

Ordonez had three plate appearances in Game 1, a 3-2 Tiger loss. He grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the first inning, in probably the biggest at-bat of the entire game. He struck out looking in the fourth, then was intentionally walked in the fifth. At that point, Don Kelly pinch-ran for Ordonez.

Ordonez has played 15 seasons in the big leagues, and has a .309 career average and 294 home runs. He made six All-Star teams, and finished second in the American League MVP voting in 2007.

Posted on: October 8, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 7:23 pm

Young out for ALCS, Cabrera bats 3rd

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Delmon Young took batting practice Friday.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Young looked great, despite a strained oblique he suffered in the seventh inning of Game 5 on Thursday night in New York.

But later on Friday, Young's oblique stiffened up. Saturday, the Tigers left third No. 3 hitter off the roster for the American League Championship Series that begins Saturday night in Texas. The Tigers replaced him on the roster with infielder Danny Worth, and replaced him in left field with Ryan Raburn.

And in the third spot in the lineup, where Young has been since the Tigers acquired him from the Twins in August? Leyland chose Miguel Cabrera, who he prefers to bat cleanup.

"With Delmon Young out, it changes things for us," Leyland said Saturday afternoon. "It obviously hurts us a little."

Cabrera batted third just once this season. Since coming to the Tigers from the Marlins after the 2007 season, Cabrera has been the cleanup hitter.

Unlike his good friend Tony La Russa, who bats Albert Pujols third so that Pujols is guaranteed to come up in the first inning, Leyland has preferred Cabrera fourth, with the idea that if he comes up in the first inning, it will be with a runner on base.

"Some people have wanted me to hit him there forever," Leyland said.

Young hit three home runs in the Division Series against the Yankees, becoming the first Tiger ever to hit three home runs in a postseason series.

Young's absence could hurt, particularly since the Rangers will use three left-handed starters in the series. Young is 6-for-12 off Derek Holland, who starts Game 2 on Sunday night. But at least Magglio Ordonez has hit much better in the last month of the season and the first round of the playoffs.

Leyland said he thought all night about the lineup, finally settling on Cabrera third, with Victor Martinez and Ordonez behind him, and with Raburn in front of him. He said he liked the idea of Raburn, who has some power, batting third in a game at homer-happy Ranger ballpark.

Leyland said there was some thought of keeping Young on the roster. But if Young played in an ALCS game, reinjured the oblique and then had to be replaced on the roster, he would be ineligible for the World Series. By making the move now, Young could return for the World Series if the Tigers advance.

Besides, Leyland said he doesn't trust oblique injuries.

"I've never seen an oblique be right in a day or two," he said. "When you mention oblique, I get nervous."


The Rangers also made a roster move before the ALCS, activating reliever Yoshinori Tateyama in place of third catcher Matt Treanor.

With the Tigers starting four right-handers in the series, the Rangers don't plan to use Mike Napoli as a designated hitter, and thus have much less need for a third catcher. With so many right-handed hitters in the Tiger lineup, they figured a right-handed matchup reliever could be more valuable.
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:41 pm

Deals pay off, and the Tigers are in the ALCS

NEW YORK -- The Tigers made two huge midseason acquisitions. The Yankees made none.

The Tigers are going to the American League Championship Series. The Yankees are not.

Doug Fister, brilliant for the Tigers after a July 30 trade with the Mariners, allowed one run in five innings in the decisive Game 5. Delmon Young, picked up in an Aug. 15 waiver deal with the Twins, hit the second of the Tigers' back-to-back first-inning home runs.

And the Tigers will go on to face the Rangers, beginning Saturday night in Texas.

The Yankees will go on to assess how it all went so wrong.

On the final night of their season, starter Ivan Nova went just two innings, with the Yankees announcing that he left the game with tightness in his right forearm. That forced manager Joe Girardi to piece together the most important game of the year with his bullpen, and with the Yankees already trailing 2-0.

The piecing-together actually worked well, although CC Sabathia (in the first relief appearance of his career) gave up an add-on run. Girardi was able to set it up with David Robertson ready to pitch the eighth and Mariano Rivera available for the ninth.

With questions about Nova's health, and with Girardi pushing Sabathia through 37 pitches on two days' rest, you had to wonder how the Yankees would be set up for the ALCS, even if they got there.

But they didn't.

The Tigers made the moves in July and August. Those moves paid off in October.
Category: MLB
Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:10 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 1:32 pm

Ruiz, Young, Morrison all back from DL tonight

Three teams will get significant players back from the disabled list on Friday.

The Phillies are activating catcher Carlos Ruiz, who missed the last 12 games with a lower back strain. The Twins are activating Delmon Young, who missed the last 19 gaems with an oblique strain. And the Marlins are activating Logan Morrison, who was out 21 games with a sprained arch in his left foot.

The Phillies have rolled on in Ruiz's absence, going 8-4 without him. But if anything, Ruiz has raised his profile among scouts with his play this year. Just this week, a group of scouts were talking about how he now ranks very near the top of any list of major-league catchers.

Ruiz takes Brian Schneider's roster spot. Schneider went on the DL with a left hamstring strain.

Ruiz played in a rehabilitation game Thursday night for Class A Clearwater, as did Chase Utley and Roy Oswalt. The Phillies have been quiet on a projected date for Utley's return, but it's worth remembering that he tends to keep these rehab assignments as brief as possible. As for Oswalt, the Phils have been hoping he'll be able to start on Tuesday in St. Louis, although his lack of velocity Thursday night must be a concern.

The Twins haven't done nearly as well without Young, going 6-13 while he has recovered from a strained oblique. While Joe Mauer's health and Justin Morneau's struggles justifiably get more attention, Young's absence has been felt. Young drove in 112 runs last year, although he wasn't off to a great start (.228, 6 RBI in 16 games) before he got hurt.

The Twins optioned Rene Tosoni back to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Young.

Morrison was a big part of the Marlins' early-season success, hitting .327 with 11 RBI in 15 games. The Marlins went 12-9 in his absence.
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