Delmon Young’s seven-day suspension ends Friday, but manager Jim Leyland doesn’t plan to immediately put Young back in the Tigers’ lineup.
Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com that Young “will not play Friday because he needs to get back into a routine a little bit, get out on the field, taking fly balls, BP on the field, all that kind of stuff.”
Young will be reinstated to the active roster, so he may wind up getting into the game off the bench, and if nothing else he’ll resume getting paid after losing about $250,000 in salary during the suspension.
Young is currently barred from being in the Tigers’ clubhouse or dugout following his late Thursday night/early Friday morning arrest on assault and hate crime charges in New York.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: