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Delmon Young won’t be in Phillies’ lineup before mid-April

Mar 6, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

Delmon Young Getty Getty Images

Delmon Young has dropped enough pounds to collect his $600,000 in weigh-in incentives, but his recovery from ankle surgery will keep him out of the Phillies’ lineup until at least mid-April.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. delivered that news to reporters today while also saying that Young will play exclusively right field once he does return. Young hasn’t played an inning in right field since 2007 with the Rays, which should add to his usual adventures defensively.

Of course, as Amaro told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News: “He’s not a good left fielder, and he doesn’t want to play there.”

  1. biasedhomer - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Looks like hes running out of breath just swinging a bat in that pic.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      If you pan out, you’ll see the oxygen tank

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Dom Brown is having a good spring, Delmon surved his purpose. Thanks for the memories, now be on your way please

    • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Ohhhhh, noooooo. It’s just getting good up in here. Between this and the Yankees Doom Watch, I have the liquor store on speed dial. I think there’s a drinking game to be played here — I just haven’t worked it all out yet.

      But, seriously, he should do much better in right.


      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        I am standing by my original prediction, made 23.8 seconds after they signed him – he will be cut.

      • paperlions - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        I know any rational fan would want their team to cut Young, or to never have signed him (believe me, I feel that way about Cedeno and Wiggington)….but based on how Philly has operated in the past, I doubt Young will be cut any time soon.

        You don’t honestly believe:

        1) that the Phillies had to sign a fat horrible baseball player to motivate Brown

        2) that spring stats through 10 games mean anything at all

        do you?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM


        1) yes, I firmly believe it, see “Luis Castillo signing to motivate Michael Martinez” for the script

        2) it is not meaningful or meaningless at this point. But it is better then the past two springs, and perhaps if Fat Albert stays in the system until Memorial Day, Brown will finally get his ass in gear.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        That is a VERY expensive motivational plan. They probably could’ve done it cheaper with one of our other cast-offs, like Raburn, or picking up some of our low fruit, Kelly/Boesch. Of course, Young brings plausible baseball judgment, since he hit well in the playoffs.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Even if he loses all the weight and gets the full bonus, if he does not play, he will earn less then Jim Thome or Ross Gload earned for being a left handed PH hitter

  3. chacochicken - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    What better way to waste 600k than to pay Delmon Young’s fat, useless ass to be slightly less fat.

    • jwbiii - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      It’s more than that, actually

      1 year/$0.75M (2013)
      signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 1/22/13
      performance bonuses: $0.15M each for 250, 300, 350, 400 plate appearances. $0.2M each for 450, 500 PAs. $0.25M each for 550, 600 PAs
      roster bonuses: $0.25M for one day on active roster. $0.1M each for 40, 80, 120, 160 days on active roster
      may earn additional $0.6M in bonuses based on six weigh-ins during season ($0.1M each for weighing 230 pounds or less at first three weigh-ins and $0.1M each for weighing 235 pounds or less at last three weigh-ins)
      award bonuses

      • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        he he he

      • dwdive - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        The risk/reward is still very reasonable. Even if he doesn’t play 1 game, it’s a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things. Besides, even if he worked out to be a platoon player, or a bench player that just adds a little depth, it was well worth the risk

  4. mungman69 - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    The Phils NEED right handed hitting. They don’t need any right handed eaters.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    He’s not a good left fielder, and he doesn’t want to play there

    He’s not a good fielder period. If he’s bad in left what makes him think he’ll be ok in right?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      It’s a totally different side, dude.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      He has a cannon for an arm…just ask the community of worms he killed in left field during the world series last year.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        And the speedwalking. Damn, he’s a 2-tool player all the way.

  6. weaselpuppy - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    If he ever had a though to go the other way, he’d have lead the league in thrown out at first on hits to the outfield the last 2 years……easy.

    See, that’s the fun….not only is he a miserable racist jackass who can’t outrun the Walking Dead, whose read on balls is comical and range is limited to how far he can belly flop after making 5 tiny chop steps in any direction….he can’t draw a walk, still can’t lay off the outside breaking ball, really doesn’t hit for HR power and whose bat goes quiet for multiple 3-4 week stretches a year….he’s a dead red pull hitter with no hope of moving guys over by going the other way or by situational hitting….

    Total. Package.

    • dwdive - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      And yet he was the ALCS MVP and has outstanding power numbers when it matters most

  7. officialgame - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    He better be wiling to finish up rehabbing in the minors since he hasn’t played at all in Spring training. If he balks cut him.

  8. westcoastredbird - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Wow! He looks like he has been working out with Kung Fu Panda’s personal trainer/chef.

  9. unclemosesgreen - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Forget about the eyes, in this case the contract is the window to Delmon’s soul. When conditioning is incentivized down to that level, you can rest assured it is a major issue.

    The problem is that he is essentially being paid to do a wrestling or boxing or mma-style weight cut once a year. The day after his weigh-in he is immediately back to 250 lbs.

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