When New York Mets outfielder Chris Young left Wednesday night’s 5-1 loss as a result of a quad injury, it was widely speculated that he could land on the disabled list in the near future, and on Thursday afternoon, that became a reality.
Mets place OF Chris Young on the 15-Day DL with a tight right quad and activate INF Daniel Murphy from the paternity leave list.
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 3, 2014
The 30-year-old outfielder has reportedly been dealing with this quad injury for most of Spring Training, but after giving it a go on Wednesday, he simply couldn’t continue. This is a bit of a blow for both the team and the player, as the Mets invested more than $7 million in Young’s potential bounce back this season (he struggled to a .200/.280/.379 with just 12 home runs last season in Oakland), and for Young, this won’t do much to shed his injury-prone label.
New York is actually set up reasonably well to handle this injury by giving Eric Young, Jr. and Juan Lagares the full-time looks, but with Andrew Brown also available (he replaced Young in the game on Wednesday), they have a few directions to go in. Still, none of those options present the type of offensive upside that Young does (he has three separate 20-20 seasons in his career), and this hurts the Mets.