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Delmon suspended seven days by MLB

Delmon suspended seven days by MLB

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Delmon suspended seven days by MLB
DETROIT -- Tigers outfielder Delmon Young has been suspended by Major League Baseball for seven days, retroactive to last Friday, and will undergo a treatment program for his off-field incident and resulting arrest outside a Manhattan hotel early Friday morning.

The Tigers had placed Young on MLB's Restricted List on Saturday until an independent doctor could evaluate him Monday. He'll remain on the list until he's eligible to be activated on Friday.

"Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game's stature as a social institution," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated. I understand that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he will learn from this unfortunate episode."

Once Young completes the suspension, he'll be activated in time for the Tigers' game on Friday night against the White Sox at Comerica Park, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday night. He will not face any suspension from the team or further suspension from the league pending the outcome of his criminal case.

"There is no dual discipline with the Commissioner's Office," Dombrowski said. "That's been pretty much the standard for years."

Young is accused of aggravated harassment after being arrested early Friday morning for an incident outside the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan. The misdemeanor charge is also being investigated for possible hate-crime violations involving race/religion, for accusations he used anti-Semitic language in yelling at a group of tourists outside the hotel.

Young spent most of Friday going through processing and arraignment until he was released Friday evening on $5,000 bail. His next hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 29 in New York County Criminal Court in Manhattan.

Under terms of MLB's new Basic Agreement, Young was referred to MLB's Employee Assistance Program for diagnosis by a doctor agreed upon by MLB and the Players Association. That doctor recommended a counseling program that is not expected to interfere with his availability for games.

Young was examined for alcohol issues and anger management, Dombrowski said. The details of that diagnosis were not available.

"Part of his program is he has to do some things ... under this situation per the counselor's recommendations," Dombrowski said. "That's not disclosed what he will do."

Young spent Monday afternoon in the Tigers' clubhouse with his teammates, talking with some of them and taking batting practice in the indoor cages. He will not be with the team for the rest of his suspension.

On the field, Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said he'll fill left field with a mix of Don Kelly and Andy Dirks, with Ryan Raburn also getting an occasional start against left-handed pitchers. All three started a game in left over the weekend against the Yankees, and Kelly was scheduled to start there for Monday's series opener before it was rained out.

Young was being paid while he was on the restricted list. Now that he is suspended, he'll miss out on a week's worth of his $6.75 million salary.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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