Phillies OF Delmon Young to start season on DL

When the Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent Delmon Young this offseason, they were hoping he would be one of the team’s Opening Day outfielders. However, Young is behind schedule in his recovery from microfracture surgery on his ankle, a procedure he underwent in November, and it appears he could start the season on the disabled list, according to Todd Zolecki of

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had previously said that Young may be behind schedule and could miss spring training games until mid-March. However, when asked about Young yesterday, manager Charlie Manuel said that he thinks “there’s a chance he’ll miss some time,” specifically during the regular season.

Young told reporters that it’s ultimately up to doctors when he returns. His ankle is “feeling good,” but he won’t be able to put a date on a possible return because he’s not a doctor.

The Phillies signed Young to a low-risk, $750k contract earlier this offseason. The deal has the potential to reach $3.5 million, but only if Young stays healthy and performs well. Also included in the contract are weight bonuses, as the outfielder will be weighed in to encourage him to keep his size down over the season.

It was previously believed that Domonic Brown and Darin Ruf were competing for one Opening Day corner outfield position, with Young expected to occupy the other. However, with Young’s injury, both young outfielders could break camp as starters for the Phillies.

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