The Delmon Young signing has been one of the more controversial topics for the Philadelphia Phillies so far in 2013. Many people are not sure about his fielding and his numbers at the plate in the regular season last year were nothing to get excited about. If anything, the signing just added another outfielder to compete for the two corner outfield spots. Then, the Phillies had Young listed as the starting right fielder, which caused some head-scratching. After that, Young injured his right ankle and seemed as if he would miss all of spring training.
On Wednesday, the Phillies got some positive news about Young when he received a positive checkup and was cleared to begin running on a treadmill. The Phillies now believe that he will be ready to return to the lineup come mid-April. Whether he starts still remains to be seen as the outfield battles will continue during spring training without Young.
Last season, Young played in 151 games for the Detroit Tigers with a .267 batting average, 18 home runs and 74 RBIs, but his most impressive numbers came in the post season. In 13 games, Young had a .313 average 3 home runs and nine RBIs, and also won ALCS MVP honors.
It is hard to say whether or not Young will start in right field when he returns to the Phillies. It appears that John Mayberry Jr. may win the right field job for opening day with Darin Ruf struggling so far this spring. While Mayberry has been playing well so far this spring, having Young making progress will most likely create a battle for right field when he is finally healthy.