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Nats give minor league deal to RHP Chris Young

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A week after spring training began, free agent right-hander Chris Young finally found a job.

Young received a minor league contract Thursday from the Washington Nationals, who invited him to their major league spring camp.

The Nationals have a full rotation, but Young could be a solid fill-in should an injury sideline Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Ross Detwiler or Dan Haren.

Young, 33, bounced back from his second shoulder surgery in two years to make 20 starts for the New York Mets in 2012. He finished 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA. The previous two years, Young made a total of just eight starts for the San Diego Padres and the Mets.

An All-Star for the Padres in 2007, Young began his career with the Rangers, pitching for Texas in 2004-05. He spent five seasons in San Diego. For his career, Young has a 53-43 record with a 3.79 ERA in 159 games, all starts.
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