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Delmon Young makes first rehab appearance

Apr 21, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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Phillies outfielder Delmon Young, recovering from surgery on his right ankle, officially started his rehab today with the Clearwater Threshers, the Phillies’ Single-A affiliate. It wasn’t pretty, according to Matt Gelb:

The first batter hit a fly ball at Young and it landed for a triple. Young should have limited the hitter to a single had he taken a better route, said two people who attended the game in Lakeland, Fla. Later, in the seventh inning, Young committed a fielding error that allowed a runner to take an extra base.

The Phillies would love to have an offensive boost to their outfield, which has been disappointing aside from John Mayberry. Young’s defense, though, will quickly undo what little he brings offensively and GM Ruben Amaro knows that. Amaro said on April 12, “if [Young] can’t play right field, he ain’t coming.”

Young was the fifth-least-valuable player in baseball last year with -0.9 WAR, according to FanGraphs. He boasted baseball’s second-lowest walk rate (3.3 percent) and worst walk-to-strikeout ratio (0.18), which paired awfully with his bad defense and bad base running.

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    http://gif.mocksession.com/2012/10/nice-throw-delmon/

  2. xmatt0926x - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    As a Phillies fan I would near vomit whenever Delmon Young’s name would be brought up. I despised his presence with the team that much. Then the Phillies started playing games. At this point it must be said that Young may actually be one of their better hitters when he starts playing. Yeah. It’s that bad……

  3. randygnyc - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Too bad.

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