Sunday, December 21, 2014

Delmon Young starts his spring training

For the second straight day, Delmon Young played a few innings in right field during an extended spring training game.

Delmon Young starts his spring training

Delmon Young will stay behind in Florida to allow his ankle to heal. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Delmon Young will stay behind in Florida to allow his ankle to heal. (Matt Slocum/AP)

ATLANTA — For the second straight day, Delmon Young played a few innings in right field during an extended spring training game. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. likened it to the start of spring training for Young, who is recovering from ankle surgery.

"He’s still got a little bit of a gimp," Amaro said. "But he’s running a little bit smoother. ... Just looking at some of the film for [Tuesday], he’s moving better."

The Phillies will probably be without Young for at least the month of April. Once activated, Young will receive a $225,000 bonus, so there is no reason to rush him. He has not played right field since 2007.

"He's seen a lot of live action hitting wise, because we're getting him a lot of at bats," Amaro said. "He's getting at least five a day. So he’s seeing pitches, and that helps. He's not 100 percent but he's progressing more each day it seems like. I don't really have a timetable on him. We'll see."


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