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Chris Young Placed on the DL

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The oft-injured pitcher is back home again–that is, on the disabled list. The tall right-hander felt discomfort in his right bicep, and after pushing his next start back a few times, the New York Mets decided to just place him on the DL. Young, whose injury has been diagnosed as “tendinitis,” will be eligible to return from the DL on April 26, but more importantly, it appears as though he’ll be just as unreliable health-wise as he’s been throughout his entire career.

It wasn’t too long ago that Chris Young was considered one of the better young pitchers in the National League. From 2004 to 2008, the 6′ 10″ righty posted a 3.72 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 42 Wins, and 588 K’s in 655.6 IP for the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres. The one thing holding Young back from a fruitful career, however, has been injuries. Between 2008 and 2010, Young only pitched 198.3 innings, and looked over-matched in 2009 (5.22 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 5:4 K/BB ratio). Despite the rough road back from injury, Young tossed twenty quality innings late in 2010 for the Padres (0.90 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 15 K’s, 11 BB’s, and 2 Wins).

Young has posted a fantastic 1.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and a 2.00 K/BB ratio in 12.3 IP so far in 2011 for the Mets, so he appeared to finally look like his pre-2009 self. However, the pitcher’s early and predictable bout with the injury bug has already put a dent in his sparkling stats. The Mets handed Young a one year, $1.1 million contract before the season in the hopes that the right-handed pitcher would become a serviceable, low-cost option–but until Young comes back and is healthy, it could very well become a wasted investment.