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05/15/09 7:46 PM ET

Young takes family emergency leave

Catcher Morales recalled from Triple-A Rochester

NEW YORK -- The Twins placed outfielder Delmon Young on the Family Medical Emergency List on Friday so he could be with his ailing mother in California.

Young traveled to California following Thursday's win over the Tigers, and the Twins recalled catcher Jose Morales from Triple-A Rochester to replace him on the roster.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said on Friday that the team has known for a while that Young's mother is ill and that the outfielder's agent has been in contact with general manager Bill Smith to keep the club updated on her status.

"It's really tough," Gardenhire said. "We don't know much more than he's gone home to be with his family."

The Family Medical Emergency List allows players to attend to personal family matters, and per the rules of the list, the player must remain on it for a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.

Young is batting .277 with a home run and 14 RBIs in 25 games this season. With Young away, Denard Span got the start in left field for Friday's contest against the Yankees, and Carlos Gomez was slotted in center. It's possible that Jason Kubel could also see time in left field in Young's absence.

The addition of Morales gives the Twins three catchers on their roster.

Morales opened the season with the Twins because of Joe Mauer's back injury, and he batted .340 in 19 games before being optioned to Rochester on May 6. Morales was at Yankee Stadium on Friday for the start of the four-game series.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.