Chris Young was back in the Diamondbacks’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Padres for the first time since September 3. But the injury that put him on the shelf apparently never fully healed.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the center fielder was removed in the top of the first inning after aggravating his strained right quad while making a long running catch.
Young was able to make it off the field under his own power, but with only two weeks remaining in the regular season and the Diamondbacks struggling to finish at .500, it seems likely that we’ve seen the last of him this season.
The 29-year-old is under contract with the Snakes for $8.5 million in 2013. He entered play Tuesday batting .227/.307/.433 with 14 home runs, eight steals and 39 RBI in 94 games.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.