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Phillies | Delmon Young will have to play defense

Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) played another seven innings in right field in extended spring training Thursday, April 11, and he could start a rehab assignment sometime next week. There is still no timetable for his return, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Young must show that he can play the outfield efficiently before the team has him rejoin the roster. "Delmon isn't going to come here unless he can play right field," Amaro said. "If he can't play right field, he ain't coming."

Fantasy Tip: Amaro didn't really give a ringing endorsement of Young's performance yesterday, so now it seems as though Young might have a longer road back than it appeared. The team was already concerned about Young's conditioning when they signed him as a free agent, and he'll have to prove he's prepared to play the outfield at a high level before returning. The Phillies have other options now - John Mayberry Jr., Ezequiel Carrera and Laynce Nix - so they won't rush Young.

2013-04-12 15:40:45 | Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Matt Gelb

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