PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Mets designated outfielder Chris Young for assignment on Friday night.

Signed to a one-year, $7.25 million deal in the offseason, Young has struggled with the Mets. He hit .205 with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 88 games.

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Young was batting .148 in his last nine games and hadn’t homered since July 12.

To replace Young, New York called up Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Den Dekker has appeared in 17 games with the Mets this season, batting .156. He will compete with Kirk Nieuwenhuis for playing time in left field.

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Nieuwenhuis started in left in New York’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night, going 1-for-4.

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