Part II of the Chris Young experiment may be nearing launch as the 32-year-old is reportedly scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A St. Lucie.
The 6’10″ righty tossed a simulated game this past Monday but was held from making a rehab appearance this weekend. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
Despite a need at the major league level with Mike Pelfrey lost to season-ending Tommy John surgery, team officials do not want to hurry Young back from May 16, 2011 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder.
Young’s fastball sat at 85 mph in the simulated game, which can use getting a shade higher before facing minor league batters in a formal game.”
With Chris Schwinden failing to give the Mets a shot at winning in either of his two starts while replacing Pelfrey (8 IP, 13 H, 10 ER, 11.25 ERA) the team will now give Miguel Batista a start on Tuesday and hope the veteran can at least keep things competitive until Young is ready to return.
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