It is unknown exactly who passed away in Michael Young’s family, but what is known is that the Philadelphia Phillies third baseman has been placed on the bereavement list for the time being. Taking his place on the active roster will be Cesar Hernandez, who will make his Major League Baseball debut if he is lucky enough to get into a game.
Young has struggled mightily on offense as of late, but he did manage to hit a home run in Tuesday’s 3-1 win against the Boston Red Sox. The 36-year-old has gone 1-for-26 at the plate over his last six games, with the homer being the lone hit. Even though a passing in the family is an unfortunate way to take a break from the game, it is certainly something that Young needed to do.
The 13-year veteran is batting .258 with two home runs, 11 RBI, seven doubles, two triples and 24 walks in 178 at-bats this season.
Meanwhile, Hernandez has been on fire playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 23-year-old has posted a .308 batting average with two homers, 18 RBI, five doubles, six triples, 15 stolen bases, 23 walks and a .383 on-base percentage in 185 at-bats. There is no question that he has earned the call up after his impressive performance so far in 2013.
Young will be unable to return to the active roster for a minimum of three days, but he will have to be back within seven days. That means if Hernandez wants to have some sort of impact in the big leagues he will have to do it immediately.