Tigers' Young to start conditioning program in minors

DETROIT -- Tigers designated hitter Dmitri Young, who pleaded no contest this week to a domestic violence charge in Michigan, is headed to Florida for a workout and conditioning program.

Young was traveling Wednesday to Lakeland, Fla., and at some point is scheduled to play for Detroit's Triple-A affiliate in Toledo, Ohio.

He was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 22 with a quadriceps injury and was granted permission to leave the team to deal with personal issues.

"I don't anticipate him being back for three, four weeks at the
earliest," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski
said. "He's been out a long time. He hasn't played a lot."

Young and his lawyer missed a court appearance earlier this month, and an arrest warrant was issued for the player, who is accused of choking a 21-year-old woman from Toledo on April 14 at a suburban Detroit hotel.

Young was arraigned Friday after he reported to the court in Bloomfield Hills. He pleaded no contest on Tuesday to the domestic
violence charge, 48th District Court administrator Jim Harkins said

A no contest plea in Michigan is not an admission of guilt but
is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

Young could face up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday for Paul Rinaldi, Young's new lawyer.

"You don't want to see anybody go through what he has,"
teammate Brandon Inge said Wednesday morning before Detroit's game
against the Houston Astros. "He's a part of our family, so we all
wish him nothing but the best."

Young is in his 11th major league season and fifth with Detroit.
He was hitting .169 in 59 at-bats with four RBI. Young began the
year with a career batting average of .291 with 147 home runs and
576 RBI. Young was an All-Star in 2003.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he would not spend a lot of time discussing Young's situation.

"You go through the process, and when you're ready, we'll see
what happens," Leyland said.