Delmon Young to undergo evaluation

Updated: April 28, 2012, 8:39 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Tigers left fielder Delmon Young, facing a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge for an alleged fight during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets, was placed on the restricted list and will undergo an alcohol and anger management evaluation on Monday, general manager Dave Dombrowski said Saturday.

Young is out for an indefinite period after the alleged incident outside his Manhattan hotel Friday morning. He will be paid during his absence, Dombrowski said.

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An independent individual will be appointed by the commissioner's office and the MLB Players Association to conduct the evaluation.

The results will be sent to the commissioner's office and the MLBPA. If Young is cleared -- perhaps as soon as later Monday -- he will play, Dombrowski said.

"This was a person that was not in a very good state as far as his sobriety," Dombrowski said. "That is not a good situation. That's all I know. I do know that he was in a skirmish. I do know that. Beyond that, I don't know anything else. Those situations themselves are concerning and not what you would like to see. If the allegations are true, that is also concerning and not something you'd like to see happen. I do not know what happened there."

The Tigers have promoted infielder Danny Worth from Triple-A Toledo to take Young's place on the roster.

Young posted a $5,000 bond at a brief hearing in Manhattan court Friday and was released less than an hour before the Tigers' game against the Yankees. He faces a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge that entails targeting someone for his or her religious beliefs. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail. Young is due back in court May 29.

Wearing a dark suit, Young said nothing during his arraignment.

In a statement, however, Young said: "I sincerely regret what happened last night." He apologized to the Tigers' owners and organization, his teammates, family and Detroit fans.

"I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player," Young said.

Dombrowski said he got a call in his hotel room some time between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. ET Friday.

"I was there that night," Dombrowski said. "I do know that some things that have been written (in the media) are not accurate. I do know that. I'm not getting into what they are."

By the time Dombrowski got to Young's room, police already were in his room.

"You never like to see it happen, but it does happen as part of society," Dombrowski said. "(But) I'm not defending him."

Young's defense attorney, Daniel J. Ollen, said accounts of the fight have varied. He said there was video, which he hasn't seen, that showed someone in another group of people saying something to Young before the scuffle.

"He clearly reacted to something that was said to him," Ollen said.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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