Chris Young Out For Season With Shoulder Tear

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Chris Young To Have Shoulder Surgery For Tear, Miss Rest Of Season

Mets starting pitcher Chris Young took an early trip to the disabled list this season, and though his injury initially wasn't thought serious, and though he worked his way back to having a scheduled start in the bigs, he was scratched from that scheduled start with discomfort, and an MRI revealed a tear in his shoulder.

At that point, Young was faced with a choice: He could either try to rehab the injury over a period of several weeks or months, or he could have surgery. On Thursday, Young opted for surgery, which will be performed on May 16 and will knock Young out for the rest of the 2011 regular season, with the beginning of 2012 also in question.

It's a big blow for the Mets, albeit not an entirely unexpected one, as Young has shown himself to be among the most fragile pitchers in the game. Dillon Gee will continue to occupy Young's spot in the rotation.

Young's season ends with a 1.88 ERA over 24 innings in four starts, with 22 strikeouts.

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Chris Young Injury Is A Bad One: Shoulder Tear May Keep Him Out For Season

In the middle of April, Mets starter Chris Young went on the disabled list with a biceps injury. He just about worked his way back, but immediately prior to a scheduled start on Saturday, Young was scratched with discomfort, and after careful examination of a shoulder MRI, the news is very very bad:

Young has re-tear of the anterior capsule in his shoulder. Same inj. as last year. Not sure if rehab or surgery. Either way, not good.

So much for a quick return from the DL. At this point, it's an open question as to whether Young returns at all in 2011. Which, unfortunately, shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody, seeing as how he's thrown all of 120 Major League innings since the beginning of 2009. Young's struggled with shoulder problems, and the shoulder problems just won't leave him alone.

On the plus side, I suppose this is good news for Dillon Gee, who's suddenly working with a lot more job security than he probably expected. Not that he's going to go around boasting about it. Gee's made three starts on the year, with a 3.80 ERA over six total appearances.

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Chris Young Injury May Be A Re-Aggravation Of An Old One

New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Young was a last-minute scratch before a scheduled start on Saturday because he couldn't get himself loose in warm-ups. The team was not very concerned initially, but they sent Young in for an MRI, and the results are not so good:

MRI shows Chris Young may have reaggravated 2009 shoulder injury. Alderson doubts he'll be back when eligible to return from DL.

Where it seemed like Young was fairly healthy and ready to contribute in the immediate or near future, now there are questions about whether or not he'll take the mound again over the rest of the year. His MRI results are currently being examined more closely so as to gain a better understanding of what's going on.

If there's any silver lining here, it's this: if Young can't pitch again this season, the Mets will only be on the hook for his $1.1 million base salary, and they won't get into any of his incentives. The Mets signed Young knowing perfectly well that he was a health risk, and the contract was structured as such.

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Mets' Chris Young Replaced At Last Minute By Dillon Gee

Don't you love it when a plan comes together? Andrew Keh:

At 7:05 p.m. Saturday, five minutes before the Mets took the field against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Mets announced that the right-hander Chris Young would be scratched from his start because he could not get loose in the bullpen. The rookie right-hander Dillon Gee started instead.

Okay, so it wasn't exactly a masterpiece. But Gee did strand six Dodgers in the first two innings without allowing a run, and he did pitch into the sixth inning. Not bad considering he figured on having the night off until a few minutes before the game was supposed to start (and bonus points for retiring Andre Ethier twice).

Meanwhile, who knows when Chris Young will pitch again? As Keh points out, Young has answered the bell only 40 times since 2007, due to a variety of shoulder and (lately) bicep injuries. As close as he came to pitching Saturday night, perhaps we should assume he will actually pitch before long. Just don't be surprised if Dillon Gee starts more games for the Mets this season than Chris Young.

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Chris Young Placed On DL By Mets With Biceps Injury

With Chris Young still dealing with a biceps injury, the New York Mets have placed their big starter on the 15-day disabled list. The move is retroactive to April 11.

Young started on April 10, but originally had his April 15 start pushed back to April 17 due to biceps tendinitis. He threw a problem-free bullpen on Thursday, which was certainly encouraging, but the Mets' schedule forced them to make a move. The Mets played a doubleheader on Thursday and play another doubleheader on Saturday, and they didn't want to risk overtaxing their bullpen in the event that they started Young and he couldn't go very long.

Young does have a long injury history, but this particular problem doesn't appear to be severe. Pat Mitsch has been recalled to work out of the bullpen, but Young should be back soon. He's allowed two runs in two starts, with six walks and 12 strikeouts.

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