Chris Young aggravates right quad in first game back

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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.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.