The Philadelphia Phillies would like nothing more than to see one of their big offseason acquisitions make one Spring Training appearance, but that appears unlikely. However, that does not mean he cannot work out his ankle.
That player is Delmon Young who underwent ankle surgery in the offseason to remove bone spurs. Unfortunately, he is still recovering from the procedure. For this reason, he will be out for at least the first month of the season. This also means there is no way he can make an appearance in right field with his Philadelphia teammates in an actual game before the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
The 27-year-old was able to take practice in right field for the first time all year on Thursday. He also spent time running the base paths while team trainers watched to make sure there was nothing out of the ordinary happening. The fact that he is able to run on flat ground in consecutive days is a huge step up in his rehabilitation process.
As of right now, the Phillies are only going to take the rehab as far as Young’s ankle will allow. It does not make any sense to push him past his limits because that will only worsen the injury.
“I’m just going day by day,” Young told Phillies.com on Thursday. “If I feel good, then we’ll keep going along. If I don’t, then we’ll back off. I really don’t know yet. But I feel good. I’m happy with the progress. You want everything to happen right away, but you know it’s going to take time to build back up.”
The 2012 American League Championship Series MVP batted .267 with 18 home runs, 74 RBI, 27 doubles and 112 strikeouts in 574 at-bats last season. However, he stepped his game up tremendously in the postseason in which he batted .313 with three homers and nine RBI.