NEW YORK -- Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. exited Thursday's game early with right knee pain, but X-rays were negative and he hopes to play in Friday's doubleheader against the Nationals in D.C.
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Young said he actually suffered the injury Wednesday night, when he stepped on Braves pitcher Tim Hudson's foot at first base. Hudson suffered a fractured ankle on the play, needs surgery, and is out for the rest of the season. Young was distraught over Hudson's injury, and didn't notice his own pain until later on.
"Obviously my adrenaline was kind of high yesterday," Young said. "[I] didn't really experience anything until late last night or early this morning. Just a little discomfort [in the] lower part of the knee, side of the leg."
Young wanted to try to play Thursday, but the pain worsened in the bottom of the third inning, when he ran hard down the first-base line to beat out an infield single. Manager Terry Collins replaced Young with Andrew Brown in left field for the top of the fourth.
"When he came off after running the bases, he just said, 'Listen, I'm having a tough time putting weight on it.' So I took him out just to make sure. ... Hopefully in 24 hours he's OK," Collins said.
Young has been a key factor in the Mets' resurgence of late. Since being acquired from the Rockies on June 18, Young is batting .271, with 10 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 31 games.
He has quickly become a fixture at the top of the lineup, starting each and every game since he joined the club. The Mets are 18-13 with Young, and will miss him if has to go on the shelf for any length of time.