Chris Young Responds to Release Rumors By Hitting Two Homeruns
Clearly, Mets outfielder Chris Young does not want to lose his job.
On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Mets would likely release the veteran outfielder on Thursday when Juan Lagares is activated off the disabled list. When Kieran Darcy asked Young about said rumors, Young downplayed it as if he had not heard anything. ESPN New York later printed a story discussing Young’s surprise to these release rumors.
#Mets OF Chris Young says he hadn’t heard reports of possible release until just now. Doesn’t seem too concerned, focused on today’s game
— Kieran Darcy (@KieranDarcy) June 24, 2014
If Young was not aware of a potential release then, he was fully aware after Darcy asked him and had a few hours to ponder the thought. Young used the upsetting news as motivation and took it out on Oakland during Tuesday’s game.
Young blasted two solo home runs to help the Mets defeat the Athletics 10-1. Young finished the game 2-3 with one walk. The Mets must have made light of the situation and helped Young celebrate one of his home runs in the below picture.
Bartolo Colon pitched eight innings against his former team allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight. The offensive burst helped Colon capture his eighth win of the season and the Mets have now won five of their last six.
The other big news for the Mets was the return of uber catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, who was sent down to triple-A for three weeks after struggling for the first two months of the season. d’Arnaud came back and hit a three-run homerun in his second at bat to give the Mets a comfortable 7-1 lead.
That’s the good news for the Mets and Young, but the bad news comes back when discussing the future of the roster, which will change come Thursday. Juan Lagares, who is in the midst of a breakout season, will be activated from the disabled list which will mean someone will have to be on the move. Young has been the subject to the release rumors because of his disappointing play and relatively big contract, but it would be hard to justify a release after a big game like this.
Young will likely get another chance to play tomorrow when they face Brad Mills, another lefty. He may want to take the same approach he had today if he gets the chance to start tomorrow, as it could be his last game for the Mets.
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