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Mets starter Chris Young opts for season-ending surgery

May 12, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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Placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury earlier this week, Mets right-hander Chris Young has opted for surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

Young’s career has been filled with injuries, which is why he’s never thrown even 180 innings in a season and has logged a total of just 222 innings during the past four years.

He made just four starts with the Padres last season and was shut down by the Mets after the same number of starts this year, but did go 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA in those eight outings.

Because of his lengthy injury history Young could manage only an incentive-laden one-year contract as a free agent, so the Mets are on the hook for just $1.1 million, which actually isn’t such a bad price for four very good starts.

  1. 5thbase - May 12, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Funny thing is that even with this news, this is one of the better contracts the Mets have signed in recent years. Normally they throw tens of millions away.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 12, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Man, the Mets have had some bad luck with pitchers.

    • riverace19 - May 13, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      No, bad luck means a usually durable guy gets injured. Anyone who expected even 1/2 a season from this glass pitcher is delusional. His remarkable run of 3 straight seasons with 30+ starts was 3 years ago… Then 22 starts over the next 3 seasons. Move on.

  3. heyblueyoustink - May 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    And somewhere the Phil’s locker room is very very thankful they won’t have to face him again this season……

    Now to work on that Tim Hudson kidnapping i’ve been plotting

  4. micker716 - May 12, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    One of the few wise decisions by the Padres in the off-season was not pursuing C.Y. I’m guessing they knew more about his physical condition than they let on. Hope he can make it back. The guy is a class act.

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