BRADENTON, Fla. — Delmon Young will see a Los Angeles doctor Tuesday with the hopes of being cleared to further progress his rehabilitation from winter surgery on his ankle.
Young, who has yet to run on the field or take regular batting practice, is certain to begin the season on the disabled list. The Phillies are happy with one development: Young has used the downtime to improve his conditioning.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Young currently weighs 227 or 228 pounds. When Young was signed Jan. 22, he said he weighed 238 pounds.
The team believes, with improved conditioning, that Young can handle playing the outfield after spending 2012 primarily as a designated hitter for Detroit.
"He's in much better conditioning," Amaro said. "He's been doing fine in his hitting drills. We'll find out more when he starts progressing."
Amaro did not close the door on Young appearing near the end of the Grapefruit League schedule, but that is dependent on what the doctor, Richard Ferkel, sees. Young was scheduled to leave Florida on Monday night, see the doctor Tuesday and take a red-eye flight back to Florida that night.
Young is running on a special treadmill at 90 percent of his body weight. The Phillies are hoping the doctor clears Young for 100 percent. His work on the field has been limited to long tossing with the team's athletic trainers.
"He hasn't had any issues," Amaro said. "Hopefully we can get him going. Then we can get him to start taking regular BP and maybe start doing some outfield stuff."
Young had microfracture surgery on his right ankle in November. He signed for $775,000. If he spends one day on the active roster, he receives a $225,000 bonus.
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