Apr 16, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr celebrates after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Young, Jr. scratched Sunday after injury during batting practice


UPDATE, 4:53 PM:

Per the Mets, a CT scan on Eric Young, Jr. came back negative.

He’s been diagnosed with a right cheek contusion.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Eric Young, Jr., who was initially in the lineup Sunday, was hit under his right eye with the baseball during batting practice prior to the game.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Lucas Duda was batting when Young, Jr. was hit below the right eye. The ball ricocheted and struck Young, who was standing behind the screen.

Young, Jr. was scratched from the game and expected to receive X-rays at the hospital.

Juan Lagares took Young, Jr.’s spot in the lineup.

Young, Jr. hadn’t started any of the first three games in Colorado – having been relegated to the bench after Lagares’ activation from the 15-day disabled list.

Thoughts:

It’s impossible to know the severity of the injury until after Young, Jr. gets the results back from his X-rays.

If there are no broken bones, he’ll have dodged the worst.

 

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