Tigers acquire outfielder Delmon Young from Twins
The Detroit Tigers acquired outfielder Delmon Young from the Minnesota Twins Monday. Detroit acquired Young for Minor League lefthander Cole Nelson and a player to be named later. Detroit optioned second baseman Will Rhymes to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Young on its roster.
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August 15, 2011 09:46 pm EDT
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The Detroit Tigers acquired outfielder Delmon Young from the Minnesota Twins Monday.
The move was not only between teams in the same division, the AL Central, but between a pair of teams playing each other. Young took the Twins' bus from the team hotel to Comerica Park and went right to the Tigers' clubhouse.
Detroit acquired Young for Minor League lefthander Cole Nelson and a player to be named later. Detroit optioned second baseman Will Rhymes to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Young on its roster.
The move adds a bat for a Tigers and Detroit manager Jim Leyland immediately penciled Young in the third spot in the lineup, in front of Miguel Cabrera.
"We like Delmon's bat," Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday afternoon. "He's been swinging a lot better the second half of the year, had some injury factors early in the year. As you know, he drove in 112 runs last year.
"He's a guy that we fear[ed] a great deal, from an offensive perspective. We think that he can give us a little lift here from an offensive part of the game as we go forward the rest of the season and help us win this thing."
Young helped the Twins to the AL Central title last year, batting .298 with 46 doubles, 21 home runs and a team-high 112 RBI.
Young entered Monday batting .266 with 16 doubles, four home runs and 32 RBI in 84 games. Since the All-Star break Young is hitting .286 with eight doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in 29 games.
"I came back from the ankle injury [in early May] and I've been feeling good," Young said. "Just being healthy is a key thing, to get on the baseball field and feel good. You guys have been around guys who have been hurt over here.
"When you're not feeling well, you try to go grind it out, and it can take a toll on your total production. I've been feeling good since the All-Star break, getting treatment and everything. Hopefully I can come out here and play well."
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