NEW UPDATE: Young has been placed on the DL with tightness behind his right shoulder. Pat Misch is now on the roster.
UPDATE: Pat Misch is in the Mets clubhouse and has been activated, but no corresponding move has been made yet. Chris Young had an MRI this morning and appears likely to head to the DL.
The Mets knew they were taking a risk when they signed Chris Young to a one-year, $1.1 million deal in the offseason. In August 2009 Young had shoulder surgery, and last year he sat out most of the season with the Padres due to continued shoulder problems. On Saturday, it became clear — for the second time since April — that those problems have not gone away.
Young was a late scratch from his scheduled start against the Dodgers after he felt tightness behind his pitching shoulder during warmup tosses in the outfield. The shoulder had been bothering him this past week, during which he got two anti-inflammatory injections. He will have an MRI on Sunday, and if the Mets decide to put him on the DL Pat Misch will be called up from Buffalo.
Young went on the DL in April with right biceps tendinitis, which Adam Rubin of ESPN says was not unrelated to his shoulder issues since the tendinitis was “at the spot where the tendon meets the shoulder.”
In four starts this season Young has dazzled, going 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA. He tossed seven scoreless and got a no-decision in the Mets’ 2-1, 14-inning win over the Phils last Sunday.
Gee will most likely continue to fill Young’s spot in the rotation, although the Mets have an off day Thursday and in theory could skip him. However, they may not want to — Gee has a 3.94 ERA and is 2-0 in three strong starts, and he managed to hold the Dodgers to two runs in 5 1/3 Saturday after learning just 20 minutes before the game that he would get the ball.
Misch made one appearance for the Mets on April 16, giving up a run in two innings. If he does get called up to the team, he will most likely join Tim Byrdak and Mike O’Connor as the third lefty in the bullpen. When the season began, Byrdak was the team’s lone southpaw reliever.