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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
C.Y. surprised by talk of possible release

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- Chris Young seemed taken aback in the Mets clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, regarding ESPNNewYork.com colleague Adam Rubin's story published Monday that the team is considering releasing him.

"This is the first time I’ve heard of it. Yesterday I didn’t hear anything so I wasn’t aware of it until just now," Young said. "It’s nothing that the team said, [so] I don’t feel like it’s anything to comment on. As a player, all you do is you show up and you get ready for that day. For today, it’s a game today, I’m in the starting lineup, and that’s what I’m trying to focus on."

Young, who signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Mets this past offseason, is hitting just .201 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 59 games this year.

Fellow outfielder Juan Lagares is almost ready to return from the disabled list, meaning the Mets will have to make a roster move soon. Kirk Nieuwenhuis could be demoted, or the Mets could choose to cut Young loose, but Mets manager Terry Collins sounded skeptical about that possibility prior to Tuesday's game.

"I don’t know where those things start -- it’s beyond me sometimes where information comes from," Collins said. "[Young's] gonna play today, he’s gonna play tomorrow. He had some good at-bats in Miami. I’ll talk to him in the outfield (before the game) today to make sure he understands that, listen, you’re still a huge part of this moving forward, we just gotta get you going."

Young is batting sixth and playing center field in the series opener against the Oakland Athletics, the team Young played for last season.

"I feel pretty good right now [at the plate]," Young said. "I’m confident that everything will translate into the game. But in the grand scheme of things, it didn’t take one day for my numbers to get to where they are right now, and it’s not like you’re gonna have one game and you’re gonna be hitting .300. All I can do is continue to play and continue to try to help the team and do my best, and allow it all to work out."