Mets outfielder Chris Young sat out of Monday’s regular-season opener because of a right quadriceps strain that he suffered during the team’s late-March exhibition games against the Blue Jays in Montreal.
And he is obviously not over the injury yet.
According to beat reporter Adam Rubin at ESPN New York, Young “wasn’t moving well” in the top of the first inning Wednesday against the Nationals and was lifted before his first scheduled trip to the plate in the bottom of the frame. Rubin says Young might now be headed to the 15-day disabled list.
The Mets signed the 30-year-old Young to a one-year, $7.25 million free agent contract this winter and were optimistic that he would provide a big boost to their offense after he hit .310/.365/.500 during the spring.
Young was an All-Star with the Diamondbacks in 2010 when he tallied 27 homers, 91 RBI and 28 steals.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.