Coming off offseason surgery, Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young is likely to start the season on the team’s disabled list. Young reported to camp this morning but did not address reporters. He underwent microsurgery in November and is already behind in his rehab work. His surgery was in order to remove bone spurs and to smooth out cartilage on his ankle.
His rehab is going slower than expected and the projected right fielder for the Phillies will likely start the season while remaining in the Grapefruit league, continuing his rehab work. There has been no timetable set for Young’s return to the bigs this season and remains to be seen if he will even participate in spring training with the Phillies.
The Phillies will likely have three players competing for one position in the outfield: Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and John Mayberry Jr.
Delmon Young is playing in the last year of his contract for a reported $750,000 dollars and will be a free agent in 2014. The former first-round pick batted .267 last season while hitting 18 homers and driving in 74.