MLB suspends Young for seven days
Delmon Young has been suspended by Major League Baseball for seven days, retroactive to Friday, and will undergo a treatment program for after an evaluation from an independent doctor Monday.
The recommendation is one of the first applications of the disciplinary program under MLB’s new Basic Agreement, which states that players involved in alcohol-related offenses should be sent to Major League Baseball’s Employee Assistance Program for diagnosis and treatment.
The Tigers placed Young on MLB’s Restricted List on Saturday until an independent doctor could evaluate him Monday. He’ll remain on the list until he’s eligible to be activated on Friday.
“Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game’s stature as a social institution,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated. I understand that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he will learn from this unfortunate episode.”
Young is accused of aggravated harassment after being arrested early Friday morning for an incident outside the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan. The misdemeanor charge is also being investigated for possible hate-crime violations involving race/religion, for accusations he used anti-Semitic language in yelling at a group of tourists outside the hotel.
Young spent most of Friday going through processing and arraignment until he was released Friday evening on $5,000 bail. His next hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 29 in New York County Criminal Court in Manhattan.
On the field, Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said he’ll fill left field with a mix of Don Kelly and Andy Dirks, with Ryan Raburn also getting an occasional start against left-handed pitchers. All three started a game in left over the weekend against the Yankees, and Kelly is starting there for Monday’s series.
Young was being paid while he was on the restricted list. Now that he is suspended, he’ll miss out on that portion of his $6.75 million salary.