ARLINGTON, Texas -- Detroit Tigers left-field and No. 3-hitter Delmon Young, left off the ALCS roster due to a strained left oblique, has replaced the injured Magglio Ordonez and will try to play in today's Game 2 against the Texas Rangers, who hold a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers announced this bit of surprising news Monday morning. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports that Young, who suffered his injury in Game 5 of the ALDS and had to leave the game, is being pressed into action because of the team'slack of alternatives in the minor leagues.
Leyland said that as it turns out, the injury is not actually the oblique, but rather soreness close to it. He said Young did not take any swings on Sunday, but that he feels OK to play.
The Tigers were down to bare bones. With Brennan Boesch already out for the season with a thumb injury, Detroit was down toAustin Jackson in center field, Ryan Raburn in left field, and lefty hitters Don Kelly and Dirks in right.
Clete Thomas had been mentioned as a possibility to replace Ordonez, who re-injured his ankle in Game 1 and was removed after reaching first base on an intentional walk in the fifth inning. But, Thomas is a left-handed hitter and batted .251 with a .715 OPS in Triple-A.
Young worked out in Arlington on Friday and took some swings. Leyland said Young felt pretty good until he stiffened up. It prompted the Tigers to leave him off the ALCS roster hoping the Tigers could survive without him and then add Young to the World Series roster.