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Phillies still think Delmon could land on DL

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have said a few times that Delmon Young could open the season on the disabled list following microfracture surgery on his right ankle in November. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reiterated that point earlier this month, when he said Young will be the only player in camp behind schedule and might not play in a Grapefruit League game until mid-March.

Manager Charlie Manuel affirmed that likelihood again on Friday.

"From where the doctors and the trainers have him at, I think there's a chance he'll miss some time," the skipper said.

Young didn't dispute that.

"The ankle is feeling good but I'm not a doctor," he said. "So when the doctor tells me when everything will be ready, I'll be out there. I'm not going to put any date on it. I'll be out there at that time when it's fully healed and I build up baseball stamina, and I can be out there for nine innings."

So he's likely to miss the beginning of the season then?

"I just told him, I have no clue," Young said. "So that answered your question."

The Phillies signed Young to a one-year, $750,000 contract that can reach $3.5 million based on incentives and performance bonuses. He receives $250,000 the first day he spends on the active 25-man roster. He also receives conditioning bonuses. Young will be weighed six times this season. Each time he makes weight, he makes $100,000. The first three times he must weigh 230 pounds or fewer. The second three times he must weigh 235 pounds or fewer.

Young would not say how much he weighs with the Phillies holding their first full-squad workout on Saturday.

"I don't really go on the scale that much," he said. "I just see what clothes fit and see when I can go on the beach."

Young likely will not be participating in much of Saturday's workout, if any at all. He can take batting practice and play catch, but that's about it.

"I'm on my own program until I'm fully able to go out there," he said. "I have other things to get done. The timing of it all will conflict with me being on the field. ... You want to be out there but you also don't want to set yourself back a month or two by trying to go out too early."

Young doesn't think missing time should affect him too much.

"I don't know," he said, when asked if he hopes to play in a Grapefruit League game. "It really doesn't matter. I've seen Joe Mauer miss a whole Spring Training, and a month of the season and win MVP and go to the playoffs. As long as you're healthy when you come back, you just go out and play well."

In the meantime, that increases playing time for corner outfielders John Mayberry Jr., Domonic Brown, Laynce Nix and Darin Ruf.

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