The chances of New York Mets starter Chris Young returning this season are slim after the right-hander was diagnosed with a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder. It is the same injury that limited Young to just four stars in 2010 and shut down Amazins' ace Johan Santana last September.
Young was originally slated take the hill on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers but was pulled after he struggled to get loose during pre-game warm-ups. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco told reporters Monday that it is unclear whether Young will attempt rehabilitation or go under the knife to repair the tear. "Right now they haven't determined the course of treatment," Ricco explained. "The two options are surgery or rehab, and over the next couple of days they'll decide which route to go."
If Young is to undergo surgery, it is likely that he could be out of action for a year or longer. The 6'10" righty had been a bright spot in the Mets rotation during the early stages of the 2011 season. Young put up impressive numbers through four starts with an ERA of 1.88 and 22 strike-outs to go along with a 1-0 record. He was coming off of a sparkling outing against the Philadelphia Phillies where he allowed zero runs through seven innings, racking up seven strikeouts.
On a positive note, the Mets will only owe $1.1M of his contract if Young isn't to make any further appearances in 2011. In that case, New York would not be responsible for any of the additional $3.4M in performance-based incentives he would potentially earn by making ten starts or reaching seventy innings pitched.
25-year-old right-hander Dillon Gee will fill Young's spot in the rotation on Friday when the Mets travel to Houston. In his six appearances this season, Gee has posted a 3.80 ERA through his 21.1 innings pitched. He has stared two games, compiling a record of 2-0 with 16 strikeouts.
In other injury news, Jenrry Mejia will undergo Tommy John surgery after Dr. James Andrews stated his opinion that the procedure will be necessary for the 21-year old prospect. Mejia was 0-4 with an ERA of 4.62 through 33 big-league appearances last season and made three starts.
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