Chris Young Completes Rehab, Will Join Mets In Arizona

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Here comes the cavalry.

Terry Collins said that he expects Chris Young to rejoin the Mets on Wednesday in Arizona and accompany the team back to New York, according to a report on ESPN New York.

Young is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, when the Mets open a weekend series at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves.

Chris Young started in left field for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

During his three game rehab assignment, Young batted .667 (8-for-12) with two home runs, five RBIs, seven runs scored, two walks and one stolen base. Not bad, huh?

With Juan Lagares now on the disabled list with a pulled right hamstring, the timing for Young’s return couldn’t have been any better.

Before straining his right quad during the final exhibition game in Montreal, Young was entering the season on the heels of a spectacular spring training. What I’m excited about is that he doesn’t appear to have lost any of that momentum.

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  • schadenfreudianslip

    Can’t wait to see what this guy does this year. Going to crush the naysayers. If he performs, it changes the entire lineup.

  • Alex68

    Reminder: The lower the expectations, the lower the disappointment

    Let’s not forget this guy has been terrible, terrible the past 2 years, specially last year where he culminating a season that saw him get pay $7.5 million for hitting 200.
    Can he do a bunch of stuff like HR, Dbls, SB etc!? yeah, will he do it!? idk… we will see.

  • RyanF55

    Earn the paper….go out and hit Chris. I think he will.

  • Taskmaster4450

    This is exactly why CY was signed by the Mets. Many made a big deal about the money (percentage of off season spending) and how quickly Alderson jumped. Perhaps he did operate a bit out of desperation especially after the Peralta deal went down. However, CY was a guy the Mets needed just for this reason.

    Are there other options? Yes. But as the article pointed out, MDD and Kirk arent the most desired of CF options in terms of their Major League track record.

    The end result is that, for one year, CY got a healthy contract which was more than he deserved based upon what he did last year. However, now is time for him to earn his money. The Mets need him to do what he is being paid to do (hell they have an entire lineup of that). He is no Lagares defensively but a terrific replacement in that area. His bat is in question based upon the last few years. However, injury is a reason for two of them. He is now healthy.

    So we are at the boom/bust crossroads. If CY steps in and hits, the loss of Lagares will be minimalized and CY will be a terrific signing. On the other hand, if he falters, he will become a bust signing very quickly. This is why he was signed. Time to produce.

  • RyanF55

    All I know is they better not put Duda in LF as a result of the injuries. He’s horrid in the OF – he’s given up 42 runs personally playing there in limited time – and it essentially negates his entire offensive value when he’s such a liability out there. He’s just more comfortable at 1st and it shows in his production. It should be EY, CY, Brown/Kirk in the interim IMO. Throwing Duda back out there, and going down this road again, won’t benefit anybody. Knowing Terry though, Duda will be out there.

  • Alex68

    And, just for the hell of it, what if he doesn’t hit!? then what!?

  • Wolfmicky21

    “Duda, you are the first basemen, but you are playing LF and Ike is playing first.”

  • Sean

    I was at the game yesterday, both of the hits to left field after Duda took over could have been either caught or contained by EY. The single turned to a double was simply because Duda is just that slow. I’d really like to see EY back over there, Brown in right and Kirk/Den Dekker in center for two games till Chris Young comes back. DUDA IS NO GOOD FOR OF.

  • Fast Eddie

    I completely agree…not only does it hurt the team by putting him in LF, but it hurts Duda as well because it takes him out of his comfort zone. Having him thinking about his defense could actually hurt his offensive production. This would be a lose-lose situation. I really hope Collins is not stupid enough to try this again. And with Terry, anything is possible..

  • RyanF55

    The key take away – “try it again” We know this doesn’t work, we’ve been down this road already multiple times. If they are that stupid, incompetent or just plain dumb, then I don’t know what to say.

  • RyanF55

    Hahaha I was thinking that earlier. If Terry does that he’s spineless.

  • ATLMetsfan

    Why do we have Ike Davis on this roster if we’re not going to see what he has in his bat for a couple days right now. The D-backs are starting 2 righties tonight and tomorrow. I know Duda is a liability in left, but you tell him to play conservatively and hope we don’t lose a game because of a play a better outfielder could’ve made (the chances of that happening are extremely slim over a 2 game span). Duda returns to 1B Friday when CY comes off DL, no questions asked. Hopefully we don’t need to go with Kirk for long and Grandy or Juan can come back next week.

  • ATLMetsfan

    Then we’re happy we signed him to a 1-year contract and part ways. I’m glad we spent that $7M now though, considering he’s done nothing but hit the cover off the ball in 2014 – and oh yeah, we just lost 2 outfielders to injury last night.

    Forget about projecting into the future. Today on April 15th, does the CY signing look good to you?

  • mad met

    It would look a lot better to me if it did not interfere with the ability to fix shortstop or first base

  • jloadismyhero

    Right now, kirk is the logical choice to come up and play until CY is eligible, so we should expect Abreu since Terry loves vets who play the game the right way

  • WillisReid

    Duda’s warm right now, Davis isn’t really and defense matters.

  • schadenfreudianslip

    Well, lets see, if history is any indicator, he’ll stop playing. As much as you whine about the FO playing favorites and putting in scrubs and all that, the track record shows when someone doesn’t produce, and there is a productive alternate option, they make the decision and move forward.

    So if he doesn’t hit, he’ll end up on the bench so someone like Puello can start his glorious career with the Mets.

    We know what you are rooting for.

  • ATLMetsfan

    Did you even read my comment? I never suggested removing Duda from the lineup. And of course defense matters, so does hitting. I’m suggesting Duda for two games in the outfield isn’t going to cost us a win, barring a freak occurrence.

    What i’m saying regarding Ike is we shouldn’t ignore the possibility of him getting hot if he can get some regular PT. What better opportunity to give him playing time than when the alternative to him is Andrew Brown. Keep in mind we’re not benching a regular starter for Ike. It’s Ike or Brown/Kirk. A quadruple A player or a guy who hit 30 HR two years ago. I’d also add that Ike’s defense at 1B is much better than Duda’s if you want to talk about defensive ability.

  • schadenfreudianslip

    Is 1B really dragging us down right now? Duda will hit 30 HR with 400 ABs. And he gets on base. When all is said and done, his numbers will stack up against any of the guys out there being paid millions and millions.

  • Yeah, I had thought they may call up Abreu but from a defensive standpoint that really makes absolutely no sense given what we have. Of course, that may mean it is more likely.

  • ATLMetsfan

    Curious what your SS solution in the free agent market would’ve been. Drew for multi year, $25M+? Did you want to beat the Cards’ deal with Peralta of 4 years/$53M? Are those more team friendly contracts than CY for 1 year/$7?

  • Bail4Nails

    As much as I REALLY don’t like Duda in the Outfield, I wouldn’t mind putting Ike Davis at 1B the next 2 Games, as long as the FO promises to trade this guy if ANY TEAM calls about him. I just wish Davis could hit a couple bombs these next 2 days, to increase his trade value (a bag of BRAND NEW balls).

  • CJM

    What makes Kirk the most logical choice? He’s bad.

  • willywater88

    A few years ago, there were talks about Ike possibly moving to RF as he has a strong arm.

    What’s worse at this point? Duda in LF or Ike in RF?

  • ATLMetsfan

    Exactly. I was going to get into this but thought it was going to overcomplicate my point. Ike or Duda have to be trade bait. We have to trade or drop one of them before the beginning of next season. Ike is not going to garner any interest from other teams if he never plays. This is THE time to play him, when the alternative is a minor leaguer.

  • WillisReid

    Yes I did. We’ve had plenty of time to see what Ike has in his bat. Duda seems to be more comfortable at the plate when he’s at 1B, TC needs a reason to get EY in the line up, and Kirk would be the only other passable defender in CF until CY is back.

  • WillisReid

    The possibility of Granderson or EY playing CF?

  • WillisReid

    Well,I’m not a fan of playing a guy out of position,and sacrificing defense when he’s hitting .200 as Ike is.

    Duda in LF with Lagares, and Granderson/CY in RF, maybe.

  • WillisReid

    If they use Ike off the bench as a LH pinch hitter he could be useful this year. Whether or not they are both on the roster, let Duda get some time at the position to see if he can have some success. They wasted $3.9mm on Ike either way.

  • ATLMetsfan

    Yup. The imperative hasn’t changed a bit though.

  • sarge69

    Abreu is a defensive liability anytime he is close to OF wall or fence, he is a defensive matrix negative. LF, maybe but every time the ball is hit towards him, as with Duda, you hold your breath.

    I say Kirk, put Juan on DL now, don’t mess around, start rehab asap so he returns healthy.

  • CJM

    Grandy can handle CF for two games. Although maybe he’ll be out with the wrist. I’d prefer den Dekker over Kirk. Neither one will bring much bat but den Dekker’s fielding is better.

  • mad met

    Honestly I hope your right but to me duda is a guy that bangs bad pitching a compiler on infierior pitchers..he is not the answer…I hope I’m wrong

  • WillisReid

    They could do it, but I’d like to see Campbell(or Brown if he can get it together with the bat) take Satin’s spot on the roster if they plan on going that route.

  • WillisReid

    Good point on MDD. If Granderson doesn’t miss time, it’s a non issue.

  • CJM

    Hopefully Grandy doesn’t miss time. When I saw his wrist bang into the wall in slow motion, I thought it was broken for sure.

  • WillisReid

    And teams with winning records beat up on the bad teams.

    Really good pitchers make almost all hitters look silly. That’s why guys are getting insane money.

  • mad met

    Agreed but it is the same argument with strikeouts. Yes they are a part of the game and big hitters strikeout . But it’s not ok when u got 6-7 dudes all striking out with maybe 18-24 hr each if they were hitting 40 I get it but they are not .we are going to set every k record in baseball at this rate .. Duda is a guy that can’t hit good pitching we have to many outs we need a big cleanup hitter pitchers are afraid of

  • Bail4Nails

    I hope this is why they have had Campbell playing many different positions. He would be the ideal “SuperSub” for us, IMO.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I think Kirk is better than MDD if Lagares has to go on DL.

  • Fast Eddie

    I know that valid conclusions are seldom drawn from a single sample, but I have to admit that Kirk Nieuwenhuis does not look like the same guy who did all that whiffing in Flushing these past few years. And his defense is still extraordinary, second only to that of Lagares.

    So should Sandy send Kirk back to LV when Chris Young returns on Friday? Or should he keep Cap’n K. with the big team and send somebody else down? An outfield corps of the two Youngs, Granderson, Brown and Niewenhuis has a nice L/R balance. Ordinarily, one might expect Andrew Brown to go down, but he is a RH power bat on the bench, which the Mets definitely need. Is there another lefty on the roster who would benefit from going out to Vegas to get some regular swings until Lagares comes back?

    I nominate Ike Davis. With Duda hitting so well, Ike seems like excess baggage who would be better off playing every day at AAA than rotting on the vine in NY.

    Veloz

  • Xavier 22

    Brown would probably be the one to go. Lucas can play LF if necessary

  • Out of place Mets fan

    I think den Dekker is the second best OF in NY defensively, and not much of a drop off from Legares at that

  • Peter S

    If I’m not mistaken, Ike played OF at ASU. But I think he is done in NY. I would just send him down to AAA and get the GM to trade him.

  • Peter S

    One more game and 4ABs isn’t necessary? Why not just let him play another game?

  • Nmartz

    Satin. He’s unnecessary by the moment, send him to Las Vegas where he can get full time job.

  • TexMet

    There’s GOTTA be a trade looming – this can’t go on forever!

  • jdon48

    I have seen this before from Kirk and so have you. He was swinging at 85 mph last night. Kirk cannot handle hard stuff. If he show he can hit a good fastball waist high and up, then I will say things have changed.

  • jdon48

    The mets have to get rid of their garbage at SS (Tejada and Q), and settle this 1B nonsense. We do not need 2 lefty 1B. We do not need two minor league infielders on our roster. Make the damn trade for Franklin or Gregorius. get Ike out of here. Fill those spots with truly useful subs. Not question mark major leaguers.

  • Bill Buckner

    Yes! Just what we needed – a boatload of more Ks…

  • willywater88

    I agree, his time is over. Perhaps we can swing him to COL for a low level high upside prospect.

  • skiplockweird

    Agreed, Satin and Duda don’t offer the flexibility of Kirk. The only way Ike will get traded, is if he plays well everyday somewhere. If Duda is the choice, Ike must go to Las Vegas.

  • skiplockweird

    Neuwenhiess got all of his hits having 2 strikes. he looked good. He was also good in the spring, and at LV

  • Peter S

    Sounds good to me. I was thinkin a bucket of balls.

  • bk_rivee

    I see so many stat geeks on here blast EYJ. Yeah I read the stats but I pay more attention to what I see watching an actual game, and what I see is EYJ in the middle of almost every rally the Mets produce. I see his speed causing errors and taking important attention from pitchers that don’t show up in the stats. The