Delmon Young spent the first week of the regular season lampooned in Florida as a participant in extended spring training. The Phillies want Young to play right field, a process complicated by offseason ankle surgery.
The next step is nearing. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Young could be cleared to begin an official rehab assignment within the next week.
"Then it's a matter of whether not he can play well in right field and whether he is moving well enough on the bases to be able to come here," Amaro said. "He will have had a lot of at-bats by then, because he's getting five or six per game."
Young has not manned right field since 2007. Amaro said he reviews daily video of Young's activity from Florida. He will play the field on back-to-back days for the first time this week. He has yet to spend all nine innings in the field.
"He hasn't had a lot of challenging plays," Amaro said. "He's had a couple of fly balls he's made plays on, but nothing really challenging. But he looks OK so far. He's moving around a little bit better every day."
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