Tigers place Young on restricted list
The Tigers have taken troubled outfielder off the active roster for the time being. Less more than 24 hours after Young’s arrest for aggravated harassment, the Tigers placed Young on Major League Baseball’s restricted list, pending an evaluation at the beginning of next week.
The Tigers cited a provision in Major League Baseball’s basic agreement in making the move. Young’s arrest was an alcohol-related offense, and basic agreement rules call for players involved in such matters to be referred to MLB’s Employee Assistance Program. The Tigers referred to that provision in their statement on Young’s arrest Friday, setting up their legal standing for the move.
Players on the restricted list do not count on either the 25- or 40-man rosters, and in some cases are not paid.
Young was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning after an incident in front of the team hotel in midtown Manhattan. After a brief stay in a nearby hospital, Young spent most of Friday being processed and arraigned. He was released on bail early Friday evening but did not join the team for Friday’s series opener against the Yankees in the Bronx.
The team played a man short Friday night, though they didn’t run out. They’ll be back to full strength Saturday with the arrival of infielder Danny Worth, who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to take Young’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Worth batted .309 (17-for-55) with seven doubles, three homers and six RBIs since being sent down a couple weeks ago. He made the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder until being optioned out April 14, when Brandon Inge was activated from the disabled list.
Worth’s arrival restores the Tigers to two extra infielders, which was their status before they released Brandon Inge on Thursday and called up slugging first baseman/designated hitter Brad Eldred. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll stay at two as long as Ryan Raburn is starting every day at second base.