Friday, April 27, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays eager to have Delmon Young join lineup

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Rays have big plans for Delmon Young.

Young rejoins the Rays today, and manager Joe Maddon said he will be a key part of their lineups as the DH against all left-handed starters and some right-handers.

"He's going to get a chance to make an impact," Maddon said.

Young, 27, was released by the Phillies on Aug. 14 and signed by the Rays on Aug. 22, then played seven games at Double-A Montgomery, hitting .233 (7-for-30), with a homer on Friday as a parting shot, and three RBIs.

The Rays are counting on him to add some life to a lineup that has been struggling and also to be a key pinch-hitter.

"I'm looking forward to having him here," Maddon said. "He's always had a knack for driving in runs, he knows how to do that, he always did. As a kid his first year that we had him that I was involved (2007), he had 90-some RBIs with minimal homers (13). … There's a certain subset that knows how to drive in runs with singles and doubles, and he's one of those guys."

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