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Delmon Young Will Not Start Following Completion Of Suspension

On Monday afternoon, Detroit Tigers troubled outfielder Delmon Young was suspended seven days by Major League Baseball for his involvement in a late night altercation outside his New York City hotel room that resulted in his subsequent arrest.

Young's suspension was retroactive to Friday when the Tigers put him on the restricted list, which means that he will be able to return to the lineup this Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. However, Tigers manager Jim Leyland will not be doing that. His comments via Michigan Local News outlet, Mlive.com:

"He needs to get back in the routine a little bit, out on the field taking fly balls, (batting practice) on the field and all that kind of stuff," he said to reporters. "It's very unlikely he'll play Friday. Now, would I put him in the game if I needed to? Sure. But he won't start Friday's game."

Leyland went on to express that he thinks Young will get back into the swing of things fairly quickly. The move doesn't appear to be disciplinary in the slightest; merely so that Young avoids injury.

"I think he'll be in there very shortly, but I want him to get back acclimated for a day," Leyland said. "It's not like he's been off that long, so I think you'll see him in the lineup real soon, but he will not be in the lineup to start Friday."

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