NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — He’s ready to make his Mets debut.
His REAL Mets debut, that is.
Outfielder Chris Young played one inning in left field in the second game of the season before leaving with an injury. He was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a quadriceps injury, and is expected to be activated prior to Friday night’s game against the Braves at Citi Field.
“I’m definitely not counting the first one,” Young told reporters. “It’s tough to sit there and just watch ballgames and not be able to get out there and participate. I kept up with the guys. I found out how to download the app for my iPad and my computer. I was freaking out because I had no idea how to watch the games.
“But I learned how to watch the games on my computer so I was able to keep up with the games … Now I’m just happy to be here.”
Young joined the Mets in Phoenix on Wednesday as they wrapped up their series with the Diamondbacks.
He previously rehabbed in Florida before a brief stint with Triple-A Las Vegas. In Vegas, the 2010 All-Star feasted on minor-league pitching. In three games he went 8-for-12 with two doubles, two homers, 5 RBIs, two walks and a stolen base. The 30-year-old reached base in his first nine plate appearances with the 51s.
“It wasn’t so much about the hitting,” Young said. “It was more about getting my leg right, trying to get comfortable running the bases again, and just getting that comfortable feel.”
It remains to be seen who the Mets will send down when Young is officially added to the 25-man roster.
The veteran’s return comes at an opportune time. Center fielder Juan Lagares was placed on the disabled list earlier this week and Curtis Granderson is banged up. Granderson, however, is expected to be in the lineup on Friday night after pinch-hitting in New York’s victory on Wednesday.
In addition to Granderson, the outfielders on New York’s roster include Andrew Brown, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Eric Young.
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