Delmon Young could miss much of April

Delmon Young could miss much of April

February 15, 2013, 4:30 pm
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CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Phillies have been trying to get younger for a while. They succeeded this winter.
 
Well, sort of.
 
They signed outfielder Delmon Young and traded for third baseman Michael Young.
 
Both checked into camp Friday in advance of Saturday’s first full-squad workout.
 
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is on record as saying he hopes that Delmon Young becomes the team’s everyday rightfielder. Amaro has acknowledged that Young probably won’t be ready for opening day because he is still recovering from ankle surgery. One club insider said Young might miss up to the first month of the season. That could allow both Darin Ruf and Domonic Brown to open the season in the majors.
 
“According to our doctors, he’s definitely going to miss some time,” manager Charlie Manuel said Friday.
 
Young had microfracture surgery to correct a cartilage problem in is right ankle on Nov. 10.
 
“The ankle is feeling good, but I’m not a doctor,” Young said. “So when the doctor tells me I’m ready, I’ll be out there. I’m not going to put a timetable on it.”
 
Delmon Young can take batting practice and do drills. He can also continue a conditioning program that has resulted in his losing 30 pounds since the end of last season.

Galvis Arrives
Infielder Freddy Galvis checked into camp Friday. Manuel wants him on the club as a backup at second base, third base and shortstop.
 
"I can see Freddy getting to play 60 or 70 games,” Manuel said. “If he plays 60 games that's, what 240 at-bats? And after you add going into games and pinch-hitting, you're talking about 300 at-bats. Does he help us giving us 300 at-bats here, or 500 at-bats in the minor leagues? I say being on our team, getting 300 at-bats."

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