Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that Delmon Young, placed on the restricted list after a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge, could return to the lineup as early as Monday depending on the results of a doctor's evaluation.
Dombrowski, speaking before Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium, cited a new provision in the collective bargaining agreement that allows players to be put on the restricted list immediately in situations involving alcohol-related offenses. As part of that process, Young will be evaluated by a doctor Monday before any other decisions are made.
"If they come back and say he is cleared to play, then he will be cleared to play and he will be playing," Dombrowski said. "I would be surprised if he's not. He will be playing."
According to the police report, Young shouted anti-Semitic comments early Friday morning outside the Hilton New York and also scuffled with a group of four men, one of whom sustained scratches to his elbows. Young, who was sent home, has since apologized to the Tigers and issued a public statement saying he was sorry for the incident.
Based on the details of the police report, Dombrowski was asked if he was "disgusted" by Young's actions. The GM met with Young at the team hotel after getting the 4 a.m. phone call Friday morning.
"All I know is, when I was there, that the person was not in a very good state as far as his sobriety," Dombrowski said. "That is not a good situation. That's all I know. I do know that he was in a skirmish. Beyond that, I don't know anything else. If the allegations are true, that is also concerning and not something you would like to see happen.
"I do know that some things that have been written are not accurate. I'm not going to get into what they are and what they are not. But I do wholeheartedly know that, because I read some articles in the paper this morning that are not accurate."