Injured right fielder Delmon Young, who hasn’t played a game in spring training and could start the season on the DL, will see a doctor in Los Angeles today, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.
Young had microfracture surgery on his right ankle shortly after the season ended, and has said since signing in January that a DL stint is likely.
“He’s feeling good,” Proefrock said. “He seems to be in good spirits, and I think he’s anxious to get going.”
Proefrock said the plan for Young is undetermined, and that the front office will wait to hear the doctor's opinion before going forward.
Young has been limited to rehab exercises and hitting in the cages in spring training. Proefrock said the team is not worried about Young’s weight right now. Young can earn $600,000 if he achieves certain weight goals during the season.
Whenever his 2013 debut is, Young will be making the transition to playing the outfield every day for the first time since 2011, when he played left field. He’ll slide into the starting right fielder role, a position he hasn’t played regularly since 2007.
Young was mostly a DH in 2012 for Detroit.
“He’s a baseball player,” Proefrock said. “I don’t think it’s going to be that big of a transition.”
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