Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/11/12

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland wants better defense out of left field, which is why he's been playing Delmon Young at designated hitter for the past month or so. However, he's also looking for production.

When Andy Dirks gets back from the sore right Achilles tendon that has him on the disabled list, Leyland intends to slide Young into left field once or twice a week and have Dirks and maybe right fielder Brennan Boesch be his designated hitter.

"I think he'd do better," Leyland said of Young. "I talked to him a little bit about that, DH maybe four or five times a week but play the outfield a couple just to break it up for him. I think would help."

Last week, Leyland cited statistics he had drudged up that showed Young hitting .308 when he played left and .204 as a designated hitter.

"His extra-base hits and run production (in left and as the DH) were about the same," Leyland said.

Young expressed great distaste for DHing during spring training. He played left three times last weekend in Cincinnati, where a DH could not be used, and went 2-for-13. In his last eight games, he is 6-for-33 with eight strikeouts.

He knocked in 32 runs in 40 games for the Tigers last season but has 21 RBI in 53 games this year.

Leyland will also have to make a decision on his No. 2 hitter when Dirks returns, probably this weekend.

Dirks was solid batting second, but Boesch has done well hitting in that spot since breaking a prolonged slump.

"I've talked about all these things that we've been making plans for," Leyland said, "but we've got somebody different every day that can't go, so we haven't been able to do exactly what we wanted."

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