Chris Young: close to ready

After tossing six scoreless innings for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, Chris Young told Mike Harrington in the Buffalo News he will defer to the organization about whether he needs another minor league start or is ready to join the Mets. Sandy Alderson said this week that it was fairly likely Young would require one additional minor league start.

"I'll do what's best for the New York Mets. We'll sit down and discuss it," Young, who's rehabbing from shoulder surgery, told Harrington. "We're trying to win a championship there. That's most important. The team is off to a great start and obviously I want to be a part of it. I feel good and given the results today I feel like I'm pretty close to being ready. We'll sit down and talk and see what they feel is appropriate. If it's here, that's great. If it's in New York, I'll be ready to help win a ballgame there."

Said Triple-A manager Wally Backman to the newspaper: "If he feels good, I think he's ready for the big leagues. Maybe he needs another start. If that's what he wants to try to sharpen up a couple things. We're basically going to leave that up to him and tell us how he feels."

Harrington thought Young's velocity was down from the 84.7 mph the right-hander averaged last season, but Josh Thole -- who caught Young -- disagreed.

"I thought his velocity, to be honest, was better than it was last year," Thole said. "I don't know what the board had or whatever, but personally the ball was coming out of his hand much better. That's very encouraging. ... I saw him pitch the other night in Florida. I wasn't catching, but I went and sat there and watched him pitch. His stuff was still good. But when you're facing guys who have been in the big leagues, up and down or whatever, that's when you feel where you are."

As for his own activation, Thole, who went 1-for-4 Thursday and is due to be activated from the DL said: "The timing was there. That's one thing you worry about. But it's only been 20 days."