Delmon Young looking for plea deal in hate crime case

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With the Tigers having today off Delmon Young traveled to New York to appear in a Manhattan courtroom for what the Associated Press calls “an update” on his misdemeanor hate crime case.

While in town to play the Yankees in April he was arrested and charged with yelling anti-Semitic epithets at a group of tourists and shoving one person to the ground.

Young’s lawyer is now seeking a plea agreement “that’s acceptable to both parties” and would avoid a trial. For now he’s scheduled back in New York court on November 7, which is after the playoffs are over.

Young, who was suspended for a week following the incident, has struggled this season with a .266 batting average, .297 on-base percentage, and .404 slugging percentage in 96 games, posting a terrible 69/14 K/BB ratio at age 26.

Clayton Kershaw shut down with “an arm kind of thing”

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Spring training is just underway but Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already being shut down indefinitely.

Kershaw threw two bullpen sessions this week and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he “didn’t feel right” afterward. Manager Dave Roberts said it was “arm kind of thing,” which, viva specificity. Roberts did allow that it might be so-called “dead arm” but it’s too soon to know. For now he’ll be working out as usual but not throwing.

Kershaw has had an increasing number of nagging injuries and ailments over the past several seasons, limiting him to 26 starts last year, 27 the year before and 21 in 2016. Whether this is something serious or not is unknown, but at least he’s experiencing it now instead of the middle of the season.