While the New York Mets have been streaking of late, the team could surely use another quality arm in the rotation. With Mike Pelfrey lost for the year after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, the team turned to Chris Schwinden to fill the #5 spot in the rotation. Schwinden struggled in his two starts for the Mets (8 IP, 13 H, 10 ER, 11.25 ERA) and Miguel Batista didn’t exactly inspire much confidence with his last outing in Philly (5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 2BB, 2 ER). Even though the big league club was off on Thursday as they get set for a weekend series in Miami, a pitcher who can certainly help down the road got some work in, Chris Young.
Rubin also said that Young “will make minor league starts at a higher level before joining the Mets rotation in the slot formerly held by Mike Pelfrey.”
Mets fans have seen what a healthy Chris Young can do (4 starts, 1-0, 1.88 ERA in 2011), but as was the case last season, he’s an injury away from sending the team back to the drawing board. Maybe Young will buy the Mets enough time to stay in the race and see what arms become available at the trade deadline. Maybe he can keep the seat warm till Matt Harvey or someone from Triple-A proves they are ready to make the jump. Or maybe, just maybe, he can turn in a healthy chunk of the season. With the way injuries have befallen the Mets in recent years it’s hard not to think they’re due for a stroke of good luck, whether that comes in the form of a healthy Chris Young or not remains to be seen, but the 32-year-old has worked hard to make this comeback and will undoubtedly be pitching with something to prove as he works this season on just a minor league contract.
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