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Delmon Young is back on the Tigers’ playoff roster, replacing Magglio Ordonez

Oct 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Delmon Young was removed from Detroit’s playoff roster after straining his oblique muscle in Game 5 of the ALDS, but Magglio Ordonez‘s fractured ankle and a lack of other outfield options has convinced the Tigers to re-add him to the ALCS roster.

Young missed nearly a month with an oblique strain earlier this season and every indication was that he’d be iffy for the World Series if the Tigers advanced that far, so his availability seems likely to be limited at best.

Young had a big impact in the ALDS, homering three times in five games, but the Tigers opting for a banged-up guy who hit .268 with a .695 OPS this season shows how little faith they had in other outfield options with Ordonez and Brennan Boesch both out of the picture. Ryan Raburn and Don Kelly finished Game 1 in the outfield corners.

UPDATE: So much for limited availability. Young is starting in left field and batting third in Game 2.

  1. crashdavis99 - Oct 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    It’s a festivous miracle!

  2. coke566 - Oct 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Weren’t they practicing Cabrera at third and Martinez at first for a world series scenario? I say Move them to those positions put Kelly in left and have Delmon DH. Put Jackson in the 9 spot and Move kelly or Santiago into the leadoff spot. Take some pressure off Jackson and get a running on base earlier in the lineup.

    My projected lineup would be

    Kelly LF
    Santiago 2B
    Kelly DH
    Cabrera 3B
    Martinez 1B
    Peralta SS
    Dirks/Raburn RF
    Avila C
    Jackson CF

    I honestly feel this is the best way to get the Tigers back into the series. By moving Avila and Jackson down in the lineup you remove pressure and tend to see better pitches.

    • coke566 - Oct 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      Blah my bad that’s supposed to be Young in the 3 slot.
      Kelly LF
      Santiago 2B
      Young DH
      Cabrera 3B
      Martinez 1B
      Peralta SS
      Dirks/Raburn RF
      Avila C
      Jackson CF

      • brianbowman16 - Oct 10, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        Avila will see absolutely NO pitches hitting in front of Jackson.
        And the reason they moved Cabrera to 1st is because he was BRUTAL at 3rd. The smarter thing to do would be to put Avila in LF/RF, Victor at C and leave Miggy where he is.
        Or, Avila could in a pinch played 3rd as he did at Alabama.

        Leyland seems to have pushed all the right buttons this year, and his platoon lineups have worked out pretty well, so I have complete faith that he will make the right moves.

  3. eddieapoc - Oct 10, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Gutsy. Make us proud Delmon!

  4. polegojim - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Great to have him back… but hope Victor Martinez is ok… that was strange.

    Great win – GO TIGERS

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