Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young was ruled out of Game Three of their American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers after aggravating a strained stomach muscle, the team said on Tuesday.
The loss of Young, who went 6-for-19 with three homers in Detroit's AL Division Series win over the New York Yankees, is another setback for a Tigers team trying to claw back into the ALCS after dropping the opening two games of the best-of-seven series in Texas.
Delmon is obviously hurting too bad to play, Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters ahead of Tuesday's Game Three. It stiffened up, it was really sore today.
Young was originally left off Detroit's ALCS roster with what was diagnosed a strained oblique muscle but the slugger was pressed back into service for Monday's game when Magglio Ordonez was diagnosed with a season-ending broken right ankle.
Leyland said he did know if the hard-hitting outfielder would be available for duty later in the series.