Dmitri Young has been one of the faces of the Tigers team since he joined the club as part of a trade from Cincinnati in December of 2001. Since joining the Tigers in exchange for Luis Pineda and Juan Encarnacion, Young has largely been one of the team’s best offensive performers, knocking 82 homeruns in 487 games, with a .280 batting average.
Young has been struggling of late; going 6 for 36 in his last 11 games, and was pinch hit for by Kevin Hooper in the 8th inning of today’s loss. Young had been hitting .300 with 7 homeruns and 19 RBI since returning to the Tigers lineup in mid-July, but his performance had turned south in concert with the team’s recent tumble.
Dmitri initially went on the Tiger’s disabled list in late May with a strained quadriceps, an injury that had plagued him since spring training. While on the disabled list, Young left the team for personal reasons, including a domestic dispute that had occurred earlier in the spring.