Tigers' Young misses court date; arrest warrant issued

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- An arrest warrant for Dmitri Young was issued Tuesday after the Detroit Tigers' designated hitter failed to appear for a pretrial hearing on a domestic violence charge.

Young is accused of choking a 21-year-old Toledo, Ohio, woman April 14 at a Birmingham hotel.

A judge ruled Tuesday that information provided by Young's attorney on the player's whereabouts did not meet a requirement that he leave the state only for work-related purposes. Judge Diane D'Agostini of the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills issued a bench warrant.

Young's attorney, William Swor, declined to comment.

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

The 32-year-old is currently on the disabled list with an injured right quadriceps and left the team for what the Tigers called "personal reasons" in late May.

Neither Swor nor Young was present for the pretrial hearing Monday. Swor faxed a request to D'Agostini on Monday afternoon, asking that the hearing be delayed because he was scheduled to be in federal court in Miami for a different case.

At Tuesday's hearing, assistant Oakland County prosecutor Tare Wigod told D'Agostini that Swor told him Young had a medical emergency and was out of state.

But D'Agostini rejected the request for a delay and demanded proof by the end of the day that Young was housed at a legitimate medical facility. She also ordered Swor to appear in her courtroom on Friday.

Administrator Jim Harkins said the court received a fax from Young's attorney but it did not reflect the conditions of his bond. He declined to reveal the contents of the fax.

Adam Katz, Young's agent, did not immediately return a message.

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 is hitting .169 in 59 at-bats with four RBI.