Young designated for assignment


To make room for newly signed first baseman-outfielder Kevin Millar on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated first baseman Walter Young for assignment yesterday, a club spokesman said.

Young, 25, played in 14 September games for the Orioles after spending most of the year at Triple-A Ottawa, where he hit .288 with 13 homers and 81 RBIs.

In 33 at-bats with the big league club, Young had 10 hits (.303 average), including a home run against the Texas Rangers' R.A. Dickey on Sept. 13. He had his first hit Sept. 10 at Seattle.

Young was selected off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003, primarily because of his tremendous power potential. The left-hander has hit 116 minor league homers, including 33 for Double-A Bowie in 2004.

Young is best known for his staggering size. Listed at 6 feet 5 and 322 pounds, he might be the heaviest major leaguer of all time, according to the Orioles' postseason media guide.

The team has 10 days to trade, release or outright Young to the minor leagues.

Dan Connolly

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