ARLINGTON, Texas -- Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Friday afternoon that doctors are examining left fielder Delmon Young and the slugger's status for Saturday's Game 1 is up in the air. However, later Friday night Leyland indicated that Young was likely to be in the lineup.
"He looks pretty good," Leyland said, according to MLB.com, during the Tigers' workout at Rangers Ballpark. "I'd say he's probable, if this was the NFL."
Young hit a home run in the first inning of Thursday's Game 5 clincher at New York , but he left the game in the late innings with an injury deemed a mild left oblique strain. His absence would be a big blow for the Tigers in the best-of-seven ALCS against the Texas Rangers.
"He actually felt better last night," Leyland said. "He's being evaluated and I have no information at this time."
Young is a key cog in the middle of the Tigers' lineup. He hit .316 (6-of-19) in the ALDS against the Yankees with three home runs. After being traded from Minnesota during the season, he hit .274 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 40 games.
Leyland did not address how he might adjust his lineup if Young is unavailable, preferring to wait for official word on his outfielder's status.
"That's something that my general manager and my coaches and I will be discussing," Leyland said, according to MLB.com. "I will say we have a couple of Plan B's, not just a Plan B."
Young himself offered no details about what, if anything, had been determined about his injury.
"Sir, we got here at 6 o'clock in the morning," Young said, according to MLB.com. "There has been no time for MRIs or CT scans."
Jeff Caplan is a reporter and columnist for ESPNDallas.com.