Sunday, July 22, 2001

Young doesn't feel right in right

By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIAMI - Dmitri Young's ability to play four positions is one of his best qualities as a ballplayer. But these days, he'd rather not play one of them.

        Young's return to right field, prompted by Adam Dunn's promotion to the major leagues, lasted one game. Feeling uncomfortable in right, where he started Friday, Young asked Boone to move him back to left field, and he played that spot Saturday against Florida.

        Dunn, appearing in his second Reds game, switched from left to right. Though he played primarily left field in the minors, he said the move was no big deal, since he has played all three outfield spots.

        Young didn't share that nonchalance, though he didn't look disoriented Friday in right field.

        “If it was earlier in the season, going back over there wouldn't be much of a problem,” said Young, who had started 55 games in left this year. He also has started 15 games at first base and 10 at third.

        Young hadn't played right field since 1999, when he started a team-high 67 games there. Last year, the presence of right fielder Dante Bichette led Young back to left field, where he started 104 games.


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