A suburban Detroit judge issued a bench warrant for Dmitri Young after the Tigers slugger and his attorney failed to appear at a pretrial hearing, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The hearing stemmed from a misdemeanor domestic violence charge filed against Young last month related to an incident reported in April in Birmingham, Mich. Neither Young nor his attorney, William Swor, was present at the court when the hearing was supposed to take place, according to the AP report.
Swor reportedly sent a request to Bloomfield Hills District Court Judge Diane D'Agostini asking for the hearing to be delayed because Swor had to be present in Miami for an unrelated case in a federal court. That request was denied, and Swor was ordered to appear in court on Friday.
On Tuesday, the judge was reportedly told that Young is out of state on a medical emergency. D'Agostini demanded evidence by day's end that Young was being housed in a medical facility. Swor reportedly sent a fax to the court, but it was ruled to not fulfill the conditions upon which Young was released on bond last month, which only allowed Young to travel out of state for his work.
Young has been away from the team since May 23, when the team granted him permission to leave. He has been on the disabled list since May 22 for an irritation of the quadriceps strain in his right leg. The Tigers have declined comment on Young's legal matter.
Young is accused of choking a woman at a suburban Detroit hotel in mid-April during an argument. A domestic violence conviction would carry up to a 93-day jail sentence and a $500 fine.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.