Young homers off Dickey in Minor League game

Young homers off Dickey in Minor League game

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Delmon Young finally broke the monotony of Spring Training on Friday with a little baseball.

Young, who has been recovering from microfracture surgery on his right ankle, homered in his second at-bat Friday against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in a Triple-A game against Toronto. He hit four times, going 1-for-4.

He did not play in the field or run the bases, other than when he homered.

"Everything felt good," Young said. "It was good to go out there and actually do something outside of batting practice and watch a game for five innings."

Young has been progressing in recent weeks. He started to work out in the outfield Thursday and has been running the bases under the watchful eye of the athletic training staff.

"We had a tentative schedule that was based on how I felt," Young said. "Talking to [head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan] this morning, he asked me if I was up for it, and I was like, 'Yeah, I feel fine.' He said, 'Just hit and run to first base, and we'll have someone else do the baserunning.' But on the home run, I said, 'No, I have to do this on my own.' It was a lot of fun. It took awhile."

Young said he did not know how much longer he needed to participate completely in a game. The Phillies have said Young could be in their lineup before May 1, but they had also thought he might play in a Grapefruit League game before the end of the month. That is unlikely.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.