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Chris Young diagnosed with torn anterior capsule in shoulder

May 9, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

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Sad to say it, but we all had a feeling this news was coming.

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Chris Young was diagnosed with an anterior capsule tear in his throwing shoulder. It’s the same injury that limited him to four starts last season — which he rehabbed — but he hasn’t decided whether he’ll rehab this latest injury or go ahead with surgery.

Either way, we can safely assume that he won’t be pitching for the Mets again anytime soon. And if he has surgery like teammate Johan Santana, who was diagnosed with the same injury last September, he could miss up to a year or more.

As Rubin wrote earlier today, the Mets won’t be responsible beyond Young’s $1.1 million base salary if he doesn’t pitch again this season. His contract includes $3.4 million in performance-based incentives which kicks in if he reaches 10 starts and 70 innings pitched. He has thrown 24 innings over four starts so far this season.

  1. skerney - May 9, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    When the capsule is ruptured, sorry to say, that’s it. You can rehab it but the scar tissue stays and that’s a big problem for a pitcher. The discomfort will return and the velocity will be diminish. Capsule surgeries are a very big crapshoot, most of them aren’t even performed anymore. Because Young relied heavily on his change-up, maybe he can pitch again because he’s not a power guy.

  2. BC - May 10, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Eh. Low risk. It was worth a try. Hopefully for his sake he pitches again somewhere, Mets or not. He was pretty darn good when healthy.

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