Delmon Young has been cleared for light baseball activities.
Young, who had microfracture surgery on his right ankle in November, hit with his teammates in pregame batting practice for the first time in Phillies camp.
Ruben Amaro Jr. said he expects Young to be on the field for the Phillies in mid-to-late April. Young wasn't very talkative when asked about his progressions.
Here is the complete Delmon Young:
Long day yesterday?
Young: I slept on the plane.
You slept on the plane?
Ruben said it was good news. You agree?
Young: Oh yeah, it’s been month to month progressions since the day of the surgery.
Glad to be doing new activities, probably getting monotnous for you, right?
Young: No, not really. I just do what the doctors says. I saw him yesterday and he said I could do some other activities, so that’s what he told me to do.
You took BP today, right
So that was first time in the cage with your teammates?
Young: That was the first time I had someone throwing to me since the last World Series game.
How did it feel to be in the cage then finally?
Young: It’s batting practice. I really don’t care too much to hit on the field.
You getting anxious though, watching these games...
Young: No, not really. It’s cold and it’s only March 6. I’m not anxious at all.
What time did you land this morning?
Young: 6 a.m.. I just came right to the field because I get here at 6:30 anyway.
Ruben says he’s hopeful you’ll be back in mid to late April?
Young: Whenever the doctors give me the OK.
You noticing the ankle feeling better, stronger since you’re coming along, feeling a normalcy coming back to it?
Young: I don’t know. It’s been since you’re a little kid that your ankle feels normal. So I don’t know.
How about adjusting to being a regular outfielder again. Looking forward to that?
Young: It was only one year. It’s not like I was a DH for 6 years in a row. I had a bad ankle, so I DH’d.
So clearly ankle feels better than last 2 years?
Young: Yeah, obviously it feels better than when you have bone on bone and spurs everywhere.
So you just went directly from Florida to California, doctor's office to ballpark?
Young: You guys trying to write a soap opera here or something?