The New York Mets were able to sign 6’10 right hander Chris Young on the cheap this offseason ($1.1 million) because he’d spent the bulk of the past three seasons on the disabled list as a member of the San Diego Padres. Well, color us shocked that Young will miss his scheduled start on Friday with an injury.
The Princeton grad opened the season 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts. He’s tossed 12.1 innings, allowed six hits and two runs, while striking out 12 and walking six. Then again, Young has never had issues when he’s actually been on the mound. Trouble is, he has made just 36 starts over the past three seasons, throwing a grand total of 198.1 innings.
He will miss Saturday’s start with biceps tendinitis, and will likely be replaced in the rotation by D.J. Carrasco.
So is this just a freak hiccup for Young or a sign of what his tenure in New York will be like? The guy has hit some bad luck – like taking an Albert Pujols authored line drive to the face – but he also had to have season-ending labrum surgery in 2009 and missed almost all of 2010 with what was deemed a shoulder “strain.” There’s a reason the San Diego Padres let Young go this past winter, he’s just not someone you can rely on to be active.
We’re actually rooting for Young to get things together. He’s a great guy and a very good starting pitcher. But we wouldn’t bet on him being healthy long term.