No Chris Young in September? …

It’s beginning to look like pitcher Chris Young, on the disabled list since June 15 with what is being called a strained shoulder strain, could be done for 2009.

San Diego manager Bud Black said before Saturday’s game against the Mets that “I think there’s a window … but it’s closing quickly” as far as getting Young back and ready to pitch at the Major League level prior to to end of the regular season.

“The big issue is soreness,” Black said in regards to Young’s right shoulder. He hasn’t been able to throw since a side session in early July.

Black said Young has had multiple MRI’s that haven’t showed any structural damage. There’s bursitis in the shoulder and an impingement that hasn’t sufficiently healed to the point where Young is pain-free and can resume pitching.

The thought is that even if Young were cleared to start a throwing program, say, today, he would have to build up his arm strength to get him ready for a Minor League rehab stint and since most Minor League seasons end in three or so weeks, there would be no place other than extended Spring Training for him to go.

Plus, given the Padres entered play Saturday 19 games under .500, the thinking internally is it wouldn’t be the worst idea to shut him down, allow the shoulder to heal and get him ready for Spring Training.

At the time Young went on the disabled list, he was 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 14 starts.

Cheers, Corey Brock

1 Comment

Young is a big *****.

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