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Braves designate Young for assignment

ATLANTA -- After eight long minor league seasons, Matt Young made the Atlanta Braves' opening day roster. But what looked like it would be a storybook season ended up having an unhappy ending.

The 5-foot-9 outfielder spent most the year back in the minors with Gwinnett and is now likely through with the organization that signed him as an undrafted college player in 2005.

Young, who batted .300 and led the International League with 39 steals in 2010, was designated for assignment by the Braves when pitcher Kris Medlen came off the 60-day disabled list, and the Texas native will likely become a free agent.

Young, 28, hit .209 in 48 at-bats with Atlanta this season and .273 in 99 games with Gwinnett. He had 17 stolen bases and a .347 on-base percentage for the G-Braves.

Young was not brought back to Atlanta after the minor league season, signaling that his future with the team was in jeopardy. Instead of adding Young, the Braves moved up outfielder Antoan Richardson from Class AA Mississippi and put him on the 40-man roster.

At the limit with the addition of Richardson, Atlanta had to clear a spot for Medlen when it was decided that he had progressed enough from 2010 Tommy John elbow surgery to pitch in the majors this season. The right-hander worked one inning in relief on Sunday in Washington, retiring the Nationals in order.