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Dmitri Young will work out for the Pirates next week

Feb 7, 2012, 7:45 PM EST

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We’ve chronicled Dmitri Young’s comeback attempt for a couple of months now. Thanks to no longer eating like a viking, the 38-year-old has trimmed down pretty significantly in hopes of scoring a spring training invite. Well, after working out for the Phillies late last month, it appears he has another lead.

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that Young will work out for the Pirates next week at the team’s spring training home in Bradenton, Florida. Pirates’ skipper Clint Hurdle is expected to be on hand for the occasion.

This is a pretty easy comeback story to root for, but the odds of him latching on with an MLB team are still pretty long, as Young hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2008 as a member of the Nationals. And though we’re working with a small sample here, “Da Meat Hook” batted just .167 (11-for-66) over 20 games before being released by his winter league team in Venezuela.

  1. clarenceoveur - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Yeah, but if there’s ever a guy in the Best Shape of His Life……..

  2. rambodiaz - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    If this works out, it’s gonna be awesome.

    • cur68 - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      Rambo, there are few people I am rooting for harder this season than Da Meat Hook and Jamie Moyer. If it works out for either of them, and the Pirates get a little lift, too, then yeah, totally awesome.

      • The Rabbit - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:10 PM

        Agree completely cur. Do I see a free agent pick up in the future for the Beaver Boys?

      • cur68 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        I’m considering casting my good sense to the wind and recruiting team BSOHL. Meat Hook and Moyer are first rounders IMO. Team BSOHL can’t field or strike anyone out but they are OPS heavy and, in terms of sheer balls, they’re pretty hard to knock back.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        Hi Wabbit! The Jays are unlikely to add anyone else to their roster at this time. I bet that on his fantasy team, Cur68 will draft a Blue Jay starting pitcher who had a 1 & 3 record last year.

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        PC, shhhhhh! Don’t mention that guy. The less anyone knows, the better…

  3. aceshigh11 - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    That “eating like a viking” line is classic. Just classic.

  4. lionsplayoffs - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    MEAT HOOK

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