Friday, May 11, 2012
Chris Young Has Solid Rehab Start. Flushing On The Horizon?
Mets tall right hander, Chris Young made his first rehab start last night in Port St. Lucie. The methodical Young had a solid outing, going 5 innings without allowing a run.
In Young's first outing since having surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder last May, he was better than anyone could have expected. Young pitched 5 innings, didn't allow a run, walked two, struck out four, and allowed five hits. He is the heir apparent to Mike Pelfrey's spot in the rotation, which up until now has been a cornucopia of futility which has displayed the ineffectiveness of Chris Schwinden and Miguel Batista.
It is expected that Young could rejoin the Mets in early June. He will make a few more starts while progressing up the minor league ladder before arriving in Flushing. Young does have "the first of two contract outs on June 1 if he remains in the minors at that point..." Hopefully he and the Mets won't have to worry about Young opting out. The Mets can really use his experience and moxie. Young is a smart, methodical pitcher that knows how to get batters out without having to over-power them.
Young pitched briefly for the Mets last year, going 1-0 with an outstanding 1.88 ERA. he injured the shoulder after his fourth start, and was sidelined the rest of the season.
Other Sources: ESPN New York, Baseball Reference