Tigers outfielder Delmon Young gets ready to bat in the first inning against… (Kevork Djansezian / Getty…)
Reporting from Arlington, Texas — Delmon Young was activated by the Detroit Tigers on Monday, and the American League division series hero was in left field and batting third in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against the Texas Rangers.
Young, a former Camarillo High standout, hit three home runs in the division series against the New York Yankees, but he suffered a rib-cage strain in Game 5 and was left off the roster for the ALCS.
But when right fielder Magglio Ordonez suffered a season-ending broken right ankle in Game 1 on Saturday night, a 3-2 Rangers win, the Tigers, in a move hinting of desperation, turned to Young.
"He did not swing [Sunday], but he was tested by the doctors and did all kinds of other workouts and exercises," Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said before Game 2. "He's fine. He's swinging good today."
Well, at least he was before the game. Young was hitless in four at-bats.
Those rainstorms forecast for Sunday night that caused Game 2 of the ALCS to be postponed never materialized.
Although it poured for much of the day, the rain stopped right after the game was called off by Major League Baseball officials, who consulted the National Weather Service and the local meteorologist who works with the Rangers.
About three hours before the scheduled first pitch, the skies were overcast but the only water that could be seen at the field was a few puddles on the warning track near the wall. Sunday night, the area around the stadium received only an occasional drizzle.
"This is kind of a mystery," Leyland said. "If somebody buys an umbrella down here, they cancel school, evidently. I don't know."
Another Angel out
Rich Schlenker's 27-year career with the Angels ended "in a 30-second call" in which the club told the 68-year-old scout his contract was not being renewed, the latest in a front-office purge that has cost general manager Tony Reagins, top assistants Ken Forsch and Gary Sutherland and farm director Abe Flores their jobs.
"It's a cold business," said Schlenker, who spent the last 12 years as a professional scout after serving 15 years as a national cross-checker. "I was hurt. I was with them for 27 years....
"There was no 'thank-you' for all the years I put in. They just told me they weren't renewing my contract."
Tim Mead, the Angels' vice president of communications, confirmed Schlenker's dismissal but added, "the service of everyone who has worked in this organization has always been appreciated, on all levels."
Mets considering Riggleman
The New York Mets are expected to interview Jim Riggleman on Wednesday for their bench coach position.
Riggleman, 58, resigned abruptly as manager of the Washington Nationals on June 23 over a contract dispute — he wanted an immediate extension. But Riggleman is exactly what the Mets are looking for in a new bench coach: a former manager with plenty of major-league experience.
Riggleman managed the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners before Washington, where he seemed to making serious progress with the Nationals this season. They had won 11 of 12 before he suddenly walked out.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.