May 10, 2011
New York Mets starter Chris Young surprised many at the beginning of this season when he won his first start on April 5, holding the Philadelphia Phillies to one run over seven innings. He followed that up with another pleasant surprise, giving the team seven innings of one-hit, one-run ball against the Washington Nationals in what turned out to be a 7-3 loss.
Still, the Mets looked ahead to a season with a pitcher that could at least be counted on to perform well every fifth day if he could stay relatively healthy.
That proved to be an impossible task for the oft-injured 31-year-old. Young (1-0 with a 1.87 ERA) is likely done for the season, according to the New York Post. He has retorn his anterior capsule and is deciding whether to have surgery or go the rehab route, the paper reports.
He went the rehab route last season when he suffered the same injury in April with the San Diego Padres. He was able to return in September.
"You just hope this guy somehow gets better," manager Terry Collins said, the Post reports. "He showed no signs of this in spring training. You would watch him throw his [bullpen sessions] and when he started getting through spring training and building up his pitch count, you never saw any discomfort. You never saw any holding back from trying to pitch. And you thought 'OK, he's over this.'"