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Michael Young Going on Paternity Leave

Young replaced by Luis Hernandez from Round Rock

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Young Taking Paternity Leave

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Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young is going on paternity leave.

Young's wife, Cristina, gave birth to the couple's third child at 9:02 p.m. Thursday -- a baby boy named Antonio Barbosa. 

Young was the starting designated hitter in Thursday night’s game, going 0-for-1 before he was removed for a pinch-hitter when his wife went into labor.

A player can be on paternity leave for a maximum of three days.

To take Young's spot, they are bringing up Luis Hernandez from Triple-A Round Rock.  Hernandez, 28, is making his debut with the Rangers.

Here is more on Hernandez from the Rangers:

"He has spent the entire season with the Express, batting .262 (130-497) with 8 home runs, 21 doubles, 5 triples, and 66 RBI in 124 contests.  Over his last 18 games beginning August 5, Hernandez has a .423 (33-78) average with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored.  He began that stretch with 9 consecutive multi-hit games to open what was a 16-game hit streak.  The switch-hitter has batted .273 (92-337) against right-handed pitching this year.  He has played primarily shortstop in the Pacific Coast League and has also seen action at second base. Hernandez has a .245 career average in 120 major league games with Baltimore (2007-08), Kansas City (2009), and New York-NL (2010).  His last major league game was with the Mets on Sept. 18, 2010."

Young is batting .271 with 4 home runs and 50 RBI in 121 games this season.

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