Delmon returns to outfield action in Clearwater

Delmon returns to outfield action in Clearwater

ATLANTA -- Delmon Young is back in the outfield, but his timetable to join the Phillies remains unclear.

Young, who is recovering from right ankle surgery, played in extended spring training games Tuesday and Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla. They were his first games in the outfield.

"He's still got a little bit of a gimp," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "But he's running a little bit smoother. I haven't seen the stuff for today, but just looking at some of the film from yesterday, he's moving better.

"That's probably right. He's seen a lot of live action hitting-wise, because we're getting him a lot of at-bats. He's getting at least five a day. So he's seeing pitches, and that helps. He's not 100 percent, but he's progressing more each day, it seems like. Don't really have a timetable on him. We'll see."

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