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UPDATE: Delmon Young left off ALCS roster due to oblique injury

Oct 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Not only is Delmon Young not playing tonight, but the Tigers have ruled him out for the entire series.

According to Dave Hogg of, Young has been left off the ALCS roster due to his recent oblique injury. Danny Worth will replace him on the roster while Ryan Raburn should get most of the starts in left field.

12:32 PM: Delmon Young exited Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday with a mild strain of his left oblique. While Buster Olney of reported yesterday that the Tigers thought he would be OK for the ALCS against the Rangers, Young wasn’t nearly as optimistic following a workout yesterday in Arlington, Texas.

Tom Gage of the Detroit News reports that Young is still dealing with soreness, casting his availability for Game 1 in serious doubt.

“Sore. I just tried throwing and I couldn’t throw.”

Young emerged as an unlikely hero for the Tigers during the ALDS, going 6-for-19 with three home runs. If he is unable to go, the Tigers would likely use Ryan Raburn in left field against southpaw C.J. Wilson. As I mentioned during our ALCS preview this morning, Raburn has an .847 career OPS against left-handed pitching, including an .807 OPS this season.

  1. cur68 - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    So, no Delmon Young, eh? It be a mark of the post season crazy that I’m even going to put this out there, but what a loss for the Tigers. Seriously, who thought this guy was going to be the offensive beast he’s been? Well, mojo be a fickle mistress, and no mistake. Delmon’s done his bit, I guess. Whatever happens to the Tigers after this, Young’s done his bit, certainly more than anyone was expecting of him.

  2. pisano - Oct 8, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    cur68…. I agree, he went career for the Tigers against the Yankees, as the saying goes he had his day in the sun. I don’t think he would have come close to the effort he just had. As the saying goes, everything happens for the best, he may have taken a crap in the Texas series, but we’ll never know now.

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