NEW YORK -- Left fielder Chris Young became the second core Mets player to land on the disabled list in three days. Young left Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals in the first inning due to an aggravation of the right quad strain that forced him to miss Monday's season opener. Young said he felt good warming up Wednesday night but that the quad began to ache when he had to run in the outfield in the top of the first inning. Young walked off the field just hours after the Mets placed closer Bobby Parnell on the disabled list with an incomplete tear of the MCL in his right elbow. Signed to a one-year, $7.25 million deal in the offseason, Young performed well in spring training, batting .310 (18 of 58) with one home run, eight doubles, six RBIs and three stolen bases. Parnell, who complained of stiffness in his forearm after blowing the save in Monday's 9-7, 10-inning loss to the Nationals, underwent an MRI on Tuesday that revealed the damage. He will make a decision about whether or not to undergo Tommy John surgery once he begins a throwing program in about two weeks. Parnell was expected to anchor an otherwise shaky bullpen while Young, whom the Mets signed to a one-year deal in December, looked ready to emerge as a desperately needed middle-of-the-order bat when he hit a team-high .327 in spring training. Instead, the Mets are now entrusting the closer's role to non-roster invitee Jose Valverde, who had a 5.59 ERA in 20 games with the Detroit Tigers last year. And left field will likely be manned by Andrew Brown, who hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat of the season Monday but is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts since.
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