Young was released by the Orioles on Thursday after the club failed to find a trade partner for the 29-year-old outfielder/DH who was designated for assignment July 1.
Young’s agent, Joel Wolfe, said “three or four teams” have inquired about his client since Thursday’s release, but no deal was imminent this weekend. Wolfe said Young will patiently look for the best opportunity for playing time on a club that has a chance at making the playoffs. Young has appeared in six consecutive postseasons, the current record for active players.
“Delmon’s not a Nervous Nellie,” Wolfe said. “He’s looking for the best possible fit.”
When the Orioles first took Young off its roster, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette didn’t dismiss a potential return later this season. Wolfe wouldn’t rule out that possibility either, saying anything can happen in baseball. But he added that Young’s focus right now is securing a major league job, and therefore going to the minors with the Orioles is not a top option at the moment.
Young batted .270 with two homers in 52 games for the Orioles this year. In 2014, he batted .302, was 10-for-20 as pinch-hitter in the regular season and was a playoff hero, with a pinch-hit, three-run double in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
The Orioles are on the hook for roughly $1 million left on Young’s 2015 contract, though if another team picks him up, that club would have to pay a portion of it (the prorated league minimum at this time).
In other Orioles news, Chris Davis is back in the lineup Sunday for the first-half finale against the Washington Nationals, with only former Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (9-7, 2.12 ERA) standing between the Orioles and an above-.500 record entering the All-Star break.
At 44-43 after Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Nationals, the Orioles risk sliding back to .500 for the first time since June 11, a date that was in the midst of their 17-5 stretch in June.
Davis was scratched from Saturday’s starting lineup with a stomach issue just 45 minutes before first pitch, and remained at the stadium for treatment. Manager Buck Showalter said he considered using Davis in a late-inning situation, but wasn’t sure what he’d get.
Whether in right field or at first base, Davis has been a staple in the Orioles lineup all season. Saturday was his first missed start since May 25, and the only other time he didn’t start was when he served the final game of his 25-game performance enhancing drug suspension on Opening Day.
-- Left-hander Wesley Wright, who allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings for Triple-A Norfolk while rehabbing a left shoulder issue, reaches the end of his rehab assignment Sunday. Showalter said he wasn’t sure if Wright could extend the assignment again, or what the next step would be. There appears to be no spot open for Wright on the current 25-man roster, so designating him for assignment could be an option. Wright has a 7.71 ERA in 10 appearances (11 2/3 innings) for Norfolk on the rehab assignment.
Here are Sunday’s lineups: