The Detroit Tigers put outfielder Delmon Young on the restricted list Saturday and said he would be evaluated under baseball’s employee assistance program following his arrest on a hate crime harassment charge for an encounter at his hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets.
Young was arraigned Friday and posted a $5,000 bond at a brief hearing in Manhattan court. He faces a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.
Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski said he expects Young to return to the lineup if he is cleared by the evaluation. That could happen as soon as Monday, he said. Dombrowski would not say if the Tigers were considering any punishment of their own.
“He’s accused of a misdemeanor,” Dombrowski said. “If he’s cleared to play, he will play.”
Guthrie hurt in spill
Colorado Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie is heading for the 15-day disabled list after injuring his right shoulder in a fall from his bicycle Friday.
Manager Jim Tracy said Guthrie, a right-hander acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in the offseason, was pedaling to the ballpark when the chain on his bicycle came off and he tumbled to the ground, jamming his shoulder in the fall.
Guthrie was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the New York Mets. He underwent an MRI, and there was no sign of structural damage but he is dealing with pain in his AC joint, Tracy said.
Tracy said Guthrie would “miss a couple of starts.”
Around the bases
Atlanta Braves All-Star catcher Brian McCann didn’t start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night but was available for emergency duty one day after straining a muscle in his right side. McCann said his side felt “a lot better than I thought” when he left Friday night’s game in the fifth inning. He said he hopes to start Monday. David Ross started for McCann. … The Milwaukee Brewers purchased the contract of right-hander Vinnie Chulk and optioned reliever Mike McClendon to Triple-A Nashville. The move is to bolster a bullpen that’s been used extensively the past week. McClendon, a right-hander, appeared in three games since being recalled April 20, including three innings on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Chulk has a career 4.33 ERA in seven seasons with Toronto, San Francisco and Cleveland, where he last pitched in the majors in 2009. The team announced that left-hander Chris Narveson will officially be placed on the 60-day disabled list. He is scheduled to have season-ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on Tuesday. Narveson started twice this season. … Ryan Howard will be heading to Clearwater today and Chase Utley could join him within a week as the two injured Philadelphia Phillies stars inch closer toward joining the team for the first time this season. Howard hasn’t hit in two months since having a procedure to remove an infection near his surgically repaired left Achilles’ tendon. Utley has been working out with a specialist in Arizona to strengthen his chronically bad knees.