Detroit outfilelder Delmon Young was left off of the ALCS roster Saturday due to an oblique strain suffered in Game 5 of the ALDS vs. New York. MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports that Young has been replaced on the roster by infielder Danny Worth.
There has been much speculation on Young’s status since the injury was announced during the ALDS finale, won by Detroit 3-2. An oblique strain is a tricky injury and with so little baseball left, it is hard to say when Young will be able to play.
But making the move now ensures that Young would at least be eligible to play if the Tigers reach the World Series. Roster moves can be made in the post-season to replace an injured player, but if it happens in the middle of a series, the player removed is ineligible for the following series. This way, if the Tigers advance, Young could be put on the World Series roster if he’s physically ready.
The ALCS between the Tigers and the Texas Rangers gets underway today at 8:05PM ET and will be televised by Fox.