Delmon Young returns from suspension Friday, but won’t start for Tigers immediately

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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.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.