EY Jr. projects Saturday return

July, 26, 2013
7/26/13
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WASHINGTON -- Eric Young Jr. said the smart move is to not play Friday, to allow his right knee one more day to heal.

Young was in Terry Collins' original lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, but was scratched and replaced by Andrew Brown in left field. Young initially injured the knee on the play at first base in which Tim Hudson fractured his right ankle.

"I started to test it out there a little bit," Young said about his pregame workout Friday for trainers. "Obviously I still was moving fast and capable of playing. At this point in the season, there's no sense in trying to push it today, when we can go ahead and give it one more day and get out there tomorrow."

Young had described the knee as painful Thursday, but reported improvement this morning.

"No more pain," he said. "It felt a lot better today. It's just a matter of if I needed to explode, or score that run from first, could I give it that all-out that I'm capable of doing. With that question mark, there's no sense.

"It just wasn't feeling like my other leg. Like I said, there wasn't any pain. But I don't want to go out there and compensate and maybe hurt something else with the question mark in my head. ... I was able to do all the drills today. Like I said, it just didn't feel like my other leg."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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