Nationals activate veteran Young

Nats activate Young

ATLANTA -- Following Sunday's game against the Braves, the Nationals activated first baseman Dmitri Young from the disabled list. He will rejoin the team to face the Mets on Tuesday night at Shea Stadium.

Young hasn't played in a Major League game since July 11 against the Astros. At first, he was out because of back problems. After the All-Star break, Young participated in the team's workouts and said he was ready to play, but he couldn't because he felt lightheaded and his diabetes wasn't under control.

After weeks of struggling to manage his diabetes, Young was cleared medically to resume baseball activities on Aug. 22. He was recently playing for Class A Vermont in a rehab assignment.

"I'm very happy that he is healthy. That's the main thing," manager Manny Acta said. "That's why I keep telling you guys that the playing time is not important. I can't even tell you if he is going to play everyday or not play everyday because the main thing is getting him healthy. He has nothing to prove on the field. He is a guy who has done it all. So I'm just happy he is able to keep himself in check."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.