Mar 15, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Chris Young (1) connects for a solo home run during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Young expects to return Wednesday


Mets outfielder Chris Young missed Opening Day due to either a right quadriceps strain, the flu, or both – depending on which report you go with. Either way, Young expects to make his return to the lineup on Wednesday night:

I think it’s gonna be a thing that is just the one day. Very unfortunate for me personally [though]. It sucks. I’ve been working hard all spring getting ready for Opening Day, and then you get to Opening Day and you’re not be able to go out there with your teammates.

Due to Chris Young’s absence, the Mets were able to get both Eric Young, Jr. (second base), and Juan Lagares (center field) in the Opening Day lineup.

After signing a one-year deal during the offseason, Chris Young had a solid spring training.

Thoughts:

When Chris Young returns – likely Wednesday – he’ll probably bat fifth in the lineup, behind Curtis Granderson and in front of either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda.

Manager Terry Collins usually gives injured players an extra day of rest after they’re deemed ready. In this instance, though, Tuesday’s off day serves as a built in extra day.

What will be interesting to see when Chris Young returns, is whether the Mets start Juan Lagares or Eric Young, Jr. in the outfield.

Lagares went 2 for 4 Monday with a walk, solo homer, and three runs scored. Eric Young, Jr. went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and a sacrifice fly.

 

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