Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Chris Young had a positive outing Thursday night for Class A St. Lucie, when he tossed five scoreless innings against Brevard County, while allowing five hits and two walks and striking out four.
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Warthen said Young requested that Mets major league personnel, who had an off-day in Florida, not travel north to watch his first official game since May 16, 2011 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder. Still, Mets minor league instructor Jon Debus offered a positive review to Warthen.
Warthen said Young pitched at 85 mph. The pitching coach added that in a major league stadium with extra adrenaline, the velocity should jump 1-2 mph. Regardless, Warthen noted, Young averaged only 84.7 mph with his fastball in four successful early season starts with the Mets last year.
Warthen said the plan is for Young to make one more start with St. Lucie, then continue with his comeback at Triple-A Buffalo. Young is now on an every-five-days pitching schedule.
The expectation is Young eventually will replace Miguel Batista in the rotation slot formerly held by Mike Pelfrey.