MILWAUKEE — Charlie Manuel rearranged his lineup Thursday so John Mayberry Jr. and Delmon Young could both play. Mayberry was swinging a hot bat. Young was not, but the manager said he must be committed to his right fielder.
How long that dedication will last is unknown.
"Delmon, he didn't have any spring training or stuff like that so that might be why he's a little bit behind right now," Manuel said. "I think he is a good hitter. He's 27 years old, no reason why he can't still hit. I think it's a matter of him getting his timing and get going. He hasn’t got going consistently yet."
That is the excuse the Phillies have used during Young's first month on the roster. He will receive a $100,000 bonus Saturday provided he is still on the team, his 40th active day. Young was hitting .228 with a .286 on-base percentage through Wednesday's games. Both figures would represent career lows. Young did have five homers in 101 at-bats, although he has failed to pull many balls.