Dmitri Young, seeking to revive a Major League career interrupted three years ago, worked out on Monday at Pirate City and left manager Clint Hurdle at least intrigued. Young turned 38 in October and played his last big league game on July 11, 2008 with the Washington Nationals. Nonetheless, dramatically slimmed down from his '08 playing weight of 295 pounds, Young held up well during a rigorous workout.
"He met all the criteria we wanted to see," Hurdle said. "He ran the bases, took balls at first base, threw from the outfield and hit from both sides of the plate. We were able to get a read on him." Young has split his 12-year career evenly between first base and the outfield. The Pirates' interest in Young reflects both their unsettled situation at first base -- not the primary position of either current candidate, Casey McGehee and Garret Jones -- and desire to strengthen the bench. The older brother of Detroit's Delmon Young is on a limited "comeback" tour. He is believed to have worked out for only one other club, the Phillies, with no other workouts scheduled. Hurdle placed the Pirates' interest in Young in "the very early stages." "We've had some conversations about him internally," Hurdle said, "but I've yet to talk to [general manager] Neal Huntington. I'm glad he came in. It was a worthwhile experience, and where it takes us, we'll see." A No. 1 pick by the Cardinals in the 1991 First-Year Player Draft, Young has a .292 career average with 171 homers and 683 RBIs in 1,364 games played. He was an American League All-Star in 2003 with the Tigers, and a National League All-Star in 2007 with the Nationals.