<
>

Lawyer for Dmitri Young fined for failure to appear

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- A lawyer for Detroit Tigers
designated hitter Dmitri Young was ordered to pay $150 in court
costs Monday after failing to appear at a hearing in the player's
domestic violence case.

"This could have been handled better," Judge Diane D'Agostini
of the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills said in ordering
William Swor to pay for missing the June 13 hearing.

Young also missed the court appearance, and an arrest warrant
was issued. Young is accused of choking a 21-year-old woman from
Toledo, Ohio, on April 14 at a suburban Detroit hotel.

After Monday's hearing, Swor said he didn't believe Young had
been arrested. Swor declined comment about his client's
whereabouts.

Tigers president Dave Dombrowski has said that the arrest
warrant would not affect Young's status with the team.

Young, who injured his right quadriceps and was on the disabled
list, left the team for what the Tigers called "personal reasons"
in late May.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, Young could face up to
93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Young is in his 11th major league season and fifth with Detroit.
He was hitting .169 in 59 at-bats with four RBI.