Chris Young expected to return to Mets

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We heard way back in December that the Mets were open to bringing back right-hander Chris Young on a minor league deal and now it appears as though a reunion could be right around the corner.

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News was told by a source that Young has narrowed his choices to the Mets or Padres and is “more inclined” to return to New York.

“It will happen,” the person said, predicting that Young will return to the New York.

The Mets need starting pitching depth in the worst way right now, but Young is no sure thing to contribute anytime soon. He is currently working his way back from May 2010 surgery to repair the anterior capsule muscle in his right shoulder. Current Mets’ starter Johan Santana underwent the same procedure in September of 2010 and missed the entire 2011 season. Young told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in January that he hopes to be pitching again by April.

Young, who turns 34 in May, posted a 1.88 ERA and 21/11 K/BB ratio over four starts with New York last season prior to the surgery. He has been limited to just 22 starts over the past three seasons due to shoulder woes.

UPDATE: Andy Martino notes on Twitter that a deal is “not imminent.”

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.