Chris Young returned to the Diamondbacks in style Friday.
Activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, Young contributed a two-run double in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 6-4 victory at Kansas City in their first interleague game of the season. Young, who suffered a slight tear in a right shoulder ligament when he ran into the fence while making a catch April 17, served as the designated hitter.
The D-backs were 7-4 before Young got hurt, and he was all over the NL leader boards. Young was second in the NL in home runs (5) and OPS (1.397), third in batting average (.410) and tied for third in RBIs (13) entering games of Wednesday.
The D-backs were 10-18 in his absence, and it is safe to say his return provided a psychological lift.
"Absolutely. He has been a big part of this club for seven years. Just his mere presence in the clubhouse is good for the guys. We were playing pretty darn good until he went down," general manager Kevin Tower said.
"It's not to say when 'C.Y.' comes back we are going to try to ride his back. I think will be good for the guys. I think the guys enjoy him being around."
Young was 0 for 2 with an RBI in his one rehab game at Class AAA Thursday after going 4 for 13 with a home run, three doubles and seven RBIs at Class A Visalia. Young played the outfield in two rehab games and also served as a DH.
"I wouldn't say he is back 100 percent with the arm. I've watched him a few times. There is still enough carry on it. If there is any discomfort on the shoulder, it's usually throwing, more so than swinging," Towers said.