DENVER -- The New York Mets took a pair of hits to their starting pitching depth Monday, when Chris Young was diagnosed with a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder and a second opinion confirmed the need for prospect Jenrry Mejia to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Young "essentially" has the same injury that sent ace Johan Santana to the operating table on Sept. 14, assistant general John Ricco said. Santana only now is due to return to a mound, with an eye toward a July return to the majors.
Young has not resolved to have surgery, Ricco added. Either way, it is unlikely he will contribute to the Mets again this season. Young had the same issue last year, according to Ricco, and opted for rehab rather than surgery. He was limited to four appearances with the San Diego Padres -- one in April and three in September.
"Not the news we were looking for," Ricco said.
Meanwhile, Dr. James Andrews concurred with the original diagnosis from team doctor David Altchek that Mejia needs Tommy John surgery. Altchek will perform that procedure in the near future, Ricco said.
Young was examined by Altchek in New York on Monday, a day after undergoing an MRI exam and two days after he was scratched from his scheduled start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"Right now they haven't determined the course of treatment," Ricco said. "The two options are surgery or rehab, and over the next couple of days they'll decide which route to go."
Ricco said the explanation for Young feeling pain in the back of his shoulder when the tear is in the front is because the tear created looseness and movement of the shoulder, leading to other symptoms.
The news cements rookie Dillon Gee in the rotation as Young's replacement. Gee next is scheduled to start Friday in Houston.
Young's contract had safeguards against a season-ending injury. Because of his past shoulder woes, Young was given a base salary of $1.1 million and incentives that could lift the total value to as much as $4.5 million. Those incentives did not begin kicking in until Young made 10 starts or logged 70 innings.
Young made only four starts and logged only 24 innings with the Mets this season.
Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.