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Friday, October 7, 2011
Slugger Delmon Young's status is uncertain

By Jeff Caplan

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.