Delmon Young's outfield debut delayed

Phiiles outfielder Delmon Young. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

CLEVELAND — Charlie Manuel arrived to the ballpark with the intent of putting Delmon Young in right field during a major-league game for the first time in six years. But Young was plunked by a pitch on his right (throwing) arm in Tuesday's 14-2 drubbing.

It was still sore Wednesday.

"I was planning on putting him out there then I had to change it," Manuel said.

The soreness did not prevent Young from serving as designated hitter Wednesday. That luxury disappears Thursday when the Phillies return home to National League rules.

Manuel said it may take "a couple days" for the soreness to subside. The manager wanted Young to have a chance at playing right field before the team headed home.

"Our reports said he was moving good," Manuel said, "that he made all the plays he's supposed to make. We'll see."


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