Ex-Phillies Notes: Young won't be regular in L.A.

Ex-Phillies Notes: Young won't be regular in L.A.

September 2, 2013, 2:15 pm
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John McDonald (left) and Michael Young (middle) were both trade late Saturday night to the Red Sox and Dodgers, respectively. (AP)

Current Dodger and ex-Phillie Michael Young will not being seeing the same regular time with his new club he had with his former club.

"He really hasn't been a regular the last few years," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the L.A. Times. "He's been a guy playing part time and all over."

As the Times pointed out, Young has actually been a regular with the Rangers and Phillies the last few seasons. His 468 at-bats he accrued while with the Phillies will rank second on L.A., behind only Adrian Gonzalez.

Juan Uribe will continue to see most of the action at third, where he's started 103 games this season batting .268 with seven homers. And Gonzalez is undoubtedly the everyday man at first.

It's to be determined whether Young will work as a sub — he's pinch-hit just 13 times in his 13-year career. The Dodgers tried a similar move when they added Jim Thome late in 2009, and the latter ex-Phillie was just 4 for 17 in the regular season and 1 for 3 in the postseason (his only hit coming in the NLCS against the Phillies).

But there still doesn't seem to be any downside to bringing on Young, as Times columnist Steve Dilbeck opines. At worst, he'll be a great clubhouse guy, an experienced postseason veteran and a viable DH should the Dodgers play in the World Series.

McDonald enjoying Boston homecoming
The Red Sox will be John McDonald's seventh career club. Boston is also his fifth organization this season after the Phillies sent him there via trade on Saturday.

The 38-year-old is going home to New England. He grew up in Connecticut and went to Providence College before being drafted by the Indians in 1996. And his family currently resides in Scituate, Mass., which is just 30 miles southeast of Fenway Park.

"They're very excited," McDonald told CSNNE.com. "My daughter was very excited last night. She can't wait for me to come home and hang out and then put her to bed tonight. Everyone's pretty excited."

The 15-year veteran has played in the postseason just once, with Arizona in 2011, and has never won a World Series. It's unknown yet what his role with Boston will be.

"It's a very comfortable situation to walk into," McDonald said. "Obviously where we are in the standings, that's a good place to be. It's where everyone wants to be, first place right now. So just try and contribute and do my part."

Delmon Young makes Rays debut
Another ex-Phillie may be going to the postseason, and that's Delmon Young, who was called up from Double-A Montgomery to Tampa Bay on Monday. The Phillies released Young on Aug. 14.

The 27-year-old pinch-hit in the eighth inning of a 5-1 Rays loss and flew out. He went just 7 for 30 in the minors with one home run. With Tampa, he'll serve as a platoon DH against left-handed pitchers.

Young, of course, was at one time baseball's No. 1 prospect when he was drafted by the Devil Rays out of high school with the top pick in the 2003 draft. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting with the D-Rays in 2007, when he played in all 162 games and batted .288 with 13 homers and 93 RBIs. The following offseason, he was sent to Minnesota in a trade that included Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett.

Young hit .261 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 80 games for the Phillies.

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