Chris Young to return to Mets’ starting rotation Tuesday

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have confirmed that right-hander Chris Young will return from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Nationals.

Young, who was placed on the disabled list last weekend with right biceps tendinitis, was cleared for the start after throwing 40 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today. He was immediately sent home due to a heavy cold, but is expected to be fine for Tuesday’s game. Dillon Gee, who started this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks, will likely be sent to the minor leagues.

The Mets took a chance this winter by signing the injury-prone Young to a one-year contract for a base salary of $1.1 million. He has a a 1.46 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio over his first two starts.

Mets starters have an ugly 5.13 ERA over the first 20 games of the season, good enough for 12th in the National League, though they’ve had some good performances by Gee, R.A. Dickey, Chris Capuano and Mike Pelfrey in the past week.

Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo arrested in drug, money laundering investigation

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Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.

That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.

Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.

Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.