Slugger Delmon Young's status is uncertain

October, 7, 2011
10/07/11
3:12
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Friday afternoon that doctors are examining left fielder Delmon Young and he won't know the slugger's status for Saturday's Game 1 and beyond at least until later tonight.

Young hit a home run in the first inning of Thursday's Game 5 clincher at New York, but he left the game in the late innings with an injury deemed a mild left oblique strain. His absence would be a big blow for the Tigers in the best-of-7 ALCS against the Texas Rangers.

"He actually felt better last night," Leyland said. "He's being evaluated and I have no information at this time."

Young is a key cog in the middle of the Tigers' lineup. He hit .316 (6-of-19) in the ALDS against the Yankees with three home runs. After being traded from Minnesota during the season, he hit .274 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 40 games.

Leyland did not address how he might adjust his lineup if Young is unavailable, preferring to wait for official word on his outfielder's status.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182