Best wishes to former Cardinals switch hitter Dmitri Young who is attempting a comeback with the Pirates at the tender age of 38.
Young, whose had a number of health problems, reportedly has lost about 70 pounds. And the Buckos report that he looked good in a workout Monday.
Although he hasn't played in the majors since 2008, Young has always been able to hit for both decent average and power. He's got five seasons at .300 or better and a lifetime batting average of .292 with 171 homers in parts of 13 seasons.
Young, who can plan the infield and outfielder corners, made his debut with the Cardinals in 1996 and was traded in 1997 for Reds closer Jeff Brantley. It seemed like a smart deal at the time. But Brantley was 0-5 with a 4.44 ERA for St. Louis while young went on to put up several good years with Cincinnati and Detroit before flaming out with Nationals in 2008.