04/28/12 3:50 PM ET
Tigers place Young on restricted list
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
A day after his arrest for aggravated harassment, the Tigers placed Young on Major League Baseball's restricted list Saturday, pending the evaluation on Monday by an independent doctor.
He could be back shortly after that, or he could face disciplinary action. This early in the process, however, nobody has an answer yet.
Young will be evaluated for alcohol issues as well as for anger management. The results will be sent to the Commissioner's Office as well as to the MLB Players' Association, whose specialists agreed on the independent evaluator.
If the evaluator declares him ready to resume playing, Young will rejoin the active roster. If the evaluator decides Young has issues that need treatment, MLB and the Players' Association will work together from there.
"We may know Monday," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "That's when we'll get some type of feedback. I don't know what the results will be."
The Tigers cited a provision in Major League Baseball's Basic Agreement in making the roster move. Young's arrest was an alcohol-related offense, and Basic Agreement rules call for players involved in such matters to be referred to MLB's Employee Assistance Program. The Tigers referred to that provision in their statement on Young's arrest Friday, setting up their legal standing for the move.
Dombrowski reiterated it on Saturday in his first public comments on the matter.
"This is an automatic provision whenever alcohol is involved," Dombrowski said. "This was agreed upon already, anytime there's alcohol allegations, in the Basic Agreement."
Players on the restricted list do not count on either the 25- or 40-man rosters. Young will be paid during his time on the list.
Young was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning after an incident in front of the team hotel in midtown Manhattan. After a brief stay in a nearby hospital, Young spent most of Friday being processed and arraigned. He was released on bail early Friday evening but did not join the team for Friday's series opener against the Yankees in the Bronx.
"He is extremely remorseful, extremely apologetic," Dombrowski said. "Of course, you read his statement. I saw him at that point, I guess, yesterday morning, and he was apologetic at that point."
Dombrowski said he was with Young in his hotel room shortly after the incident, after team travel director Tyson Steele called him to tell him what had happened. Young had already been charged, Dombrowski said.
"All I know, and I was there, is 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. I do know that. Beyond that, I don't know anything else.
"Those situations themselves are concerning, and not what you would like to see. If the allegations are true, that is also concerning and not something you would want to see happen."
The allegations include reports that Young shouted anti-Semitic slurs at the group of four men he encountered, prompting investigation for a possible hate crime.
Dombrowski did not want to get into specifics, but challenged some of the coverage of the incident.
"I was there that night," he said. "I do know that some things that have been written are not accurate. I do know that. I am not going to get into them, but I do know that wholeheartedly, because I read some articles in the papers this morning that are not accurate."
The Tigers played a man short Friday night, though they didn't run out of available players. They were back to full strength Saturday, with the arrival of infielder Danny Worth, who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to take Young's spot on the 25-man roster.
Worth had batted .309 (17-for-55) with seven doubles, three homers and six RBIs since being sent down a couple weeks ago. He made the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder until being optioned April 14, when Brandon Inge was activated from the disabled list.
If Young is cleared by medical evaluators, Worth's stay -- or somebody's stay -- might be short. While the Basic Agreement calls for this evaluation and allows a team to put the player being evaluated on the restricted list while it takes place, it also calls for the player to be reinstated if the evaluation reveals he is fine to play.
"If he is cleared to play by the doctors, at that point, he will play," Dombrowski said, "because that's the arrangement that is involved in this type of scenario."
That doesn't necessarily mean the end of any punishment, just the end of that stint on the restricted list. And to the end, Dombrowski didn't rule out the possibility that the team could issue its own suspension.
"I don't think the club is prohibited from doing that," Dombrowski said, "but I think we're still in the step-by-step process."