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Michael Young takes bereavement leave from Phillies

May 29, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of reports that the Phillies have placed third baseman Michael Young on the bereavement list, which allows players to be away from a team for 3-7 days.

To replace Young on the active roster the Phillies called up Cesar Hernandez, a 23-year-old middle infielder who’ll be making his MLB debut after spending seven seasons in the minors. Hernandez was hitting .308 at Triple-A and is a career .292 hitter, but has very little power or plate discipline.

Young has struggled in his first season away from Texas, hitting just .254 with a .700 OPS in 51 games while grounding into a league-high 12 double plays.

  1. deathmonkey41 - May 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Why call up Cesar Hernandez when you have Wilson Valdez playing right across the river?

    • heyblueyoustink - May 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Because you might want to see how he translates at the next level?

    • gerryb323 - May 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      I’m so confused by this comment…Wilson Valdez plays for the Marlins’ AAA team in New Orleans. How does that help the Phillies?

      • phillies816 - May 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        I think he just signed with the Camden Riversharks

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - May 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        He’s with the Camden Riversharks. Camden is “right across the river.”

        Or is it River Sharks? I better not get sued for this.

      • gerryb323 - May 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Ah, that makes more sense then. Sorry, took a vacation from HBT for the weekend and must have missed that! Thumbsing down myself.

  2. digbysellers - May 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Sadly, Valdez might be on a better team so why would he want to leave?

  3. leejpc - May 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Little plate discipline???? He has a .383 OBP in 210 plate appearances this year!!!! I’ll take that “lack of discipline in this lineup any day of the week!!!

    • paperlions - May 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      His OBP is actually .347 over 202 PAs (unless you are in the future).

      Historically his plate discipline has been bad, abound a 6% BB rate, but this year he has exhibited very good discipline, nearly doubling that rate over the first 2 months.

      • biasedhomer - May 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        Isn’t that why they are considered young prospects? Because it is expected that they improve every year.

  4. bleedgreen - May 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Struggled? He’s only struggled the past 2-3 weeks. He was batting .340 for the first 2 months of the season, and his ‘abysmal’ fielding has actually been pretty good. He’s had 1 error that I can think of. ONE.

    HBT likes to pooh pooh Young, but he’s really not playing bad baseball.

    • philsgamer - May 29, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      3 errors this season. .968 fielding percentage. .3 WAR. Not bad, but not what the Phillies need out of him.

    • paperlions - May 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Simply to correct factual errors.

      We aren’t even 2 months into the season.

      Young hit .341 for the first month.

      Young has hit .172 in May, with a .280 OBP and .287 SLG.

      Young’s defense is not bad (or good) because of the errors he makes or does make. His defense is bad because his range is horrible (not Miguel Cabrera horrible, but horrible), which isn’t surprising for a 37 yr old. Giving a guy credit for not making errors on balls he can’t get to (that average players do get to) is like giving a hitter credit for not striking out in at-bats he didn’t have because he’s a bench player.

      • antlerclaws - May 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Why is it surprising that he’s not being as good as the Phillies needed him to be? Texas had been trying to get rid of him for several seasons but were burdened by his contract and no-trade. He’s an okay guy, but they didn’t want him around anymore, and there were reasons for that (diminishing skills).

  5. jimmywho14 - May 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    When I last checked Young played third base. Why not bring up Cody Asche for a try.

    • greymares - May 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      at this point Caesar Hernandez is a much better ball player than Cody Asche. Frandsen will probably be playing 3rd, Hernandez will be the utility guy so you need somebody that can play short and 2nd. I don’t think you want Mikey on the field.

    • deepstblu - May 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      If memory serves Asche is not on the 40-man roster and Hernandez is.

  6. joejaws75 - May 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    You people call yourself fans? The Camden river sharks have no affiliation with the phillies

  7. multiplemiggs - May 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Maybe I am wrong, but I heard Camden is an absolutely crime-ridden shithole

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