Delmon Young had a .302 on-base percentage in 80 games with the Phillies. (USA Today Images)
Delmon Young refused an assignment to Triple A and was granted his release on Wednesday.
Young was designated for assignment last Friday after hitting .261/.302/.397 in 80 games with the Phils. The move was made to give Darin Ruf more playing time in right field.
When a player is designated for assignment he enters a 10-day limbo in which his team can either trade him, release him, or place him on waivers. If the player clears waivers he can either report to the minor leagues or request to be released.
Young is the second Phillies outfielder in the last two weeks to be released after being designated for assignment. The same process was used with Laynce Nix on Monday.
Catcher Humberto Quintero was DFA'd by the Phillies twice this season, first accepting an assignment to Triple A and later requesting a release before signing with the Mariners.
Young, a DH miscast as an outfielder, could latch on with an American League team for a prorated portion of the veteran's minimum. The Orioles, Yankees and Athletics have each received next to no production from their designated hitters and could give the former first overall pick a look.