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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Normalcy is the keyword for Chris Young

For some guys, the word "normal" sounds boring. For New York Mets pitcher Chris Young, it's anything but.

"Everything feels great," said the 31-year-old Young, who missed almost all of last season with a shoulder injury. "It's been a normal spring training for me, normal preparation leading into spring training and, once I've been here, on a normal throwing routine.

"It's been great to go through a normal program without any setbacks or juggling any days. It's been great so far."
The 6-foot-10 Young, who was a two-sport star at Princeton, signed with Mets in the offseason. He's struggled with shoulder injuries the past two seasons. He had surgery in August 2009 to repair partial tears in his labrum. He worked hard in spring training with the Padres last season to get himself ready for the start of the season.

Too hard in fact. Young pitched one game for the Padres in April, but didn't pitch again until September.

"I was six months out of surgery trying to pitch in big league games. At the time you think you can do it. You want to tell yourself it doesn't hurt, so I'm fine, but I probably lost sight of the big picture which is being healthy for an entire season versus pushing it to be ready for opening day."

Chris Capuano was quoted on Chris Young's health and pitching he has saw this year:

"To me he looks healthy," "He's got a unique build. He can't help but throw the ball at a very steep downhill angle which all of us pitchers try to do. But he just does it so effortlessly."

"Out of the gate he looks healthy to me. I don't see any hesitation or anything that would indicate he's not completely over his injury from a couple years ago."

Carlos Beltran on hitting Chris Young even though his velocity is down:

"It's an adjustment," "It's the same thing when you're facing Randy Johnson. He's a very tall pitcher. Myself, I have a tough time just picking up the ball from him because he hides the ball and you don't see the ball until the last moment."

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