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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