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Postby Dannomyte » Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:59 pm

If DY can pull his head out of his ass he could be the LH bat the Tigers need.

DETROIT (AP) — Tigers designated hitter Dmitri Young, who faces an arrest warrant in Michigan on a domestic violence charge, is headed to Florida for a workout and conditioning program.

Young was traveling Wednesday to Lakeland, Fla., and in the near future is scheduled to play for Detroit's Triple-A affiliate in Toledo, Ohio.

He was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 22 with a quadriceps injury and was granted permission to leave the team to deal with personal issues.

Young and his lawyer missed a court appearance earlier this month, and an arrest warrant was issued for the player, who is accused of choking a 21-year-old woman from Toledo on April 14 at a suburban Detroit hotel.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge in the domestic violence case, Young could face up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

His lawyer, William Swor, and the Tigers have declined to comment about Young's whereabouts. Team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski has said the arrest warrant would not affect Young's status with the team.

"You don't want to see anybody go through what he has," teammate Brandon Inge said Wednesday morning before Detroit was to finish a homestand against the Houston Astros. "He's a part of our family, so we all wish him nothing but the best."

Young is in his 11th major league season and fifth with Detroit. He was hitting .169 in 59 at-bats with four RBIs. Young began the year with a career batting average of .291 with 147 home runs and 576 RBIs. Young was an All-Star in 2003.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he would not spend a lot of time discussing Young's situation, just like he doesn't talk about other players on the DL, such as pitcher Mike Maroth.

"You go through the process, and when you're ready, we'll see what happens," Leyland said.


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Postby moochman » Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:28 pm

This worries me. Chemistry is a strong force in sports and this team seems to have found some great chemistry. Will bring back Dmitri hurt the balance on the team?
We sure could use the left handed bat of a couple seasons ago. I wonder if he'll stay in Toledo until he has regained his hitting stroke? Leyland will have his work cut out for him.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:31 pm

Forget Aubrey Huff or Bobby Abreu. DY is all we need! Of course, Shelton is "trying" his best to make DY look like a reasonable alternative at 1B. I hope things go well for DY, but I'm not counting on him for anything.
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Postby Dannomyte » Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:51 pm

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Dmitri Young reported to the Tigers' Spring Training facility on Thursday morning to begin conditioning for his return to the Major Leagues. A spokesman for the Tigers said Young will remain in Lakeland for seven to 10 days before joining the Triple-A Mud Hens in Toledo for a rehabilitation stint. The spokesman added Young will not speak with the media until he arrives in Toledo.

Young was hitting .169 (10-for-59) in 15 games with the Tigers through May 22 when he was placed on the 15-list disabled list with a right quadriceps injury that's nagged him throughout the season. He then was given permission to leave the team to address what officials deemed personal issues.

He pleaded no contest this week to a domestic violence charge stemming from an April incident at a suburban Detroit hotel between Young and a 21-year-old woman.

Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said earlier in the week he fully expects Young to rejoin the Tigers this season, but he doesn't expect Young to return for at least three to four weeks.

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Postby Wynk23 » Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:13 am

Would not be suprised if he finds his way on the DL.
It might happen at AAA or Majors.
Just like Higginson last year.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:17 am

Forget Dmitri Young, Abreu, Huff, etc. We have Alexis Gomez. That's all we need right there. I hope they keep a spot warm in Cooperstown for him.

Now seriously, I would love to see Dmitri Young work out, but I hope the team isn't putting any faith in him at all. Let him earn his way back. If he earns it, great. Then we have another option. If not and he doesn't return to the team, then we are no worse off than we are now.
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Postby moochman » Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:25 am

The biggest problem with fatty is that he has shown sense of urgency. He plays as if nothing matters, which was a great attitude in '03 when nothing did matter but will not fly when every game is important.

There is going to be an infection when he gets back. The question is who is going to catch it: Dmitri or the Tigers? I think he has been humbled enough to maybe try and be a kissass in the clubhouse and do whatever is asked of him. If that is so and he can start to hit the ball he could be a much needed shot in the arm come the dog daze after the break.
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