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Delmon Young has one rehab start, already in midseason form

Apr 22, 2013, 9:39 AM EST

Delmon Young

Unfortunately:

The first Lakeland Flying Tigers batter hit a fly ball toward Young. It landed for a triple. Young could have limited the hitter to a single had he taken a better route, said two Phillies officials who attended the game in Lakeland, Fla. In the seventh inning, Young committed a fielding error that allowed a runner to take an extra base.

That’s from Matt Gelb’s story about Young’s rehab debut. In which Ruben Amaro says that Young needs to play “adequate” defense in order to contribute to the Phillies.

And if wishes were fishes we’d all have a fry.

  1. darthicarus - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Adequate would even be a stretch for Delmon. Best of luck Phillies.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Misplayed a fly in his first start after surgery? Thats terrible – the Phillies should have had him do a rehab stint first.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Um, isn’t this his rehab stint?

      • Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        That’s DPF’s point – that working this sort of stuff out is why you have rehab stints.

        Craig’s point is there’s no evidence he’ll improve once he shakes the rust off

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Yea, what Kevin said :)

        And actually, RAJ was also critical of Young. His full quote was:

        “Obviously, we want his bat, but if he can’t play defense, he can’t play in the National League,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “He’s going to have to be adequate out there. Until today, he hadn’t screwed up any balls, but today he did. . . . He’s got to play adequate defense out there for us in right.”

      • historiophiliac - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Yes, the answer must be that I’m stupid.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Nah – a sarcasm font and an edit function….they are both very much needed on HBT!

      • historiophiliac - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        And you still missed the point. Sheesh.

  3. gigab0t - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    It’s ok, he’ll crack a few HRs at opportune times. Such is the Delmon Young Enigma.

  4. heyblueyoustink - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Bright side? He’s not on some ridiculous long term contract. The Phillies aren’t married to this guy and he came relatively cheap, so there’s nothing but upside.

    • ss - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Sure, the Phillies aren’t married to him. That’s true. But they met each other’s parents and they’re talking about moving in together. They say they love each other but maybe it’s just that the Phillies are 36 and they’ve already been dating for a year and he’s not THAT bad, right? Right? He’s got a job and sure he drinks a bit too much but he always says he’s sorry. And then they don’t talk about it again. And then they drift on for a while, waiting and hoping and dying for it to get better. And maybe when they move in together he WILL change and be that man the Phillies and his parents and his friends always thought he would be come. Maybe.

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Now *that’s* my kind of editorial!

      • imthewiz77 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Personal experience?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      The Phillies are paying him less then they paid Ross Gload.

      Remember all those posts Craig made about Ross? He really skewered ol’ Ross….

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Ross deserved it. Remember that game when the Phillies unveiled that Statue of Harry Kalas just before the 1st inning? Later in the 8th Inning they unveiled a Statue of Ross Gload… in the batters box.

    • weaselpuppy - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      yeah, it’s all upside….until he

      A) Takes PT away from the only 3 guys under age 33 on that team that have a future (Galvis, Brown, Mayberry) that they have to figure out how they fit.

      B) Loses a couple games but yakking some easy fly balls and making throws that go farther in the Y axis than the X axis

      and C) Pisses off teammates by being a d-bag, or even better, gets plastered and tries to get in a heckling match with Philly fans…

      Yup, it’s alllllll upside with DY2….

  5. irishphilly87 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Craig never short to knock the Phillies on any little thing including a rehab start for Delmon Young. Craig you can talk high and mighty now since your Braves are the hottest team in the MLB. Where were you when the Phillies were NL East champs 5 years straght, World Champs in 08′, World Series in 09′, best record in MLB 2 years in a row in 10′ and 11’? Braves weren’t even a thought in people’s heads. I dont know if you’re from Atlanta but its a crappy sports town. I looked in the stands in the 2nd game of the year and half the stadium was empty. Its a college football town if anything. Keep writing your ridiculous blogs though they’re enjoyable at least.

  6. hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Delmon Young has first rehab start, important enough for 2 HBT posts

  7. Dan - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Easy there irishphilly87… I mean, not everyone can get paid to write “articles” that take pot shots at the Phillies almost daily. Any piece written about the Phillies on this site has a palpable tone. Craig’s, I am sorry to say, shows his slant against them from word one. Way to be classy.

  8. irishphilly87 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Just cracks me up that his team is finally relevant since the mid 90’s and he talks smack against the Phillies. It’s more than that thought Everybody talks smack against every Philly team and there fans. Those people are the onees that are classless. As a Philadelphian i’m offended. Most people that bash us probably never stepped foot in Philadelphia but all seem to have an opinion of how we are and our demeanor. Look at what New Yorkers just booed Paul Pierce while giving a speech at the Garden thanking New Yorkers for there support of Boston, and they boo him! If that was Philadelphia that did that right after a national tragedy ESPN and all them places would be top story “Omg those Philly fans are so classless.” I went on ESPN’s website and didnt see one thing about it. Reality is New York, Philly, Boston, Chicago we all have a minority of idiotic and classless fans in our fanbase thats the fact, but I feel like Philly always gets singled out. I’m tired of it.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Then I look forward to all of the cheers for Delmon Young in Philly. You prove us haters wrong.

  9. topwonk - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    And to think they passed on Justin Upton…

  10. patrick10311211 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Hope he stays in Lakeland. I dont want him on the roster unless it’s as an extra bat off the bench.

  11. craigisaloser - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    You’re such a tool bag Craig. Do you get paid to repost others work? Do me a favor and hurry up with my pizza delivery. I’m hungry

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