Second baseman/outfielder Eric Young Jr. has been acquired from the Rockies for Collin McHugh.ATLANTA -- The New York Mets traded right-hander Collin McHugh to the Colorado Rockies for second baseman/outfielder Eric Young Jr. on Tuesday night in a swap of players who had been designated for assignment.
And they officially are sending Zack Wheeler back to Triple-A Las Vegas for the weekend. He will throw a bullpen session for Triple-A pitching coach Randy St. Claire, then meet up with the Mets in Chicago at the end of the weekend.
The Mets will have to subtract one more player from the major league roster by Wednesday's game. Terry Collins expected Scott Atchison, who suffered a right groin injury while throwing warm-up pitches Tuesday night, would land on the DL.
"The second warm-up pitch I felt a little tug in my groin," Atchison said. "I tried to throw another one and felt it pulling some more. Basically, I can't push off. It's on the right side. I couldn't go. It's frustrating, obviously. My arm felt great. I felt good. I hadn't had any signs of this."
Young, 28, will report to the Mets. He hit .242 with one homer and six RBIs and had eight steals in 165 at-bats with Colorado. The son of ex-major leaguer Eric Young, he is a product of Piscataway (N.J.) High. A speedster, his defense has regressed in the outfield.
McHugh will go to Double-A with the Rockies.
By designating Wheeler as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader, the Mets now can send him out for a few days and carry another player in the interim, then bring Wheeler back for Tuesday's start against the Chicago White Sox. The Mets debated where to send Wheeler -- and also considered St. Lucie and Brooklyn -- but determined throwing a bullpen session for St. Claire with Vegas would be the best option.
Wheeler is only permitted to be with the team 24 hours before his Tuesday return.
Brown was hitting .346 with seven homers and 41 RBIs with Triple-A Las Vegas. He likely would have been up during earlier opportunities, but had just returned from an oblique injury with the 51s.
Cowgill was 2-for-9 during Tuesday's doubleheader, upping his major league average to .180 this season.