Apr 16, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Chris Young (32) pitches in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
4) Chris Young Is Finally Healthy
Chris Young played in the All-Star game for the San Diego Padres in 2007. In 2008, Young began to make regular trips to the disabled list.
Over the next five seasons, Chris Young pitched in just 60 games and 337 innings.
The litany of an injured pitcher was obvious from his statistics. In 2008 he made 18 starts, and pitched 102.1 innings. In 2009, that went down to 14 starts and 76.0 innings. Chris Young made a mere four starts each of the next two seasons, before managing 20 starts and 115.0 innings for the Mets in 2012.
He then missed all of 2013.
Chris Young’s shoulder pain was so severe, he could not sleep on it or hold his children according to ESPN.com‘s Jim Caple. According the the Kansas City Star, Young could not complete pushups or use an elliptical machine without pain.
A doctor eventually diagnosed him with thoracic outlet syndrome, and removed part of a rib and neck muscles to relieve pressure from the nerve. Chris Young told ESPN’s Caple last year:
"“It’s been pain free,” Young said. “It’s been a big blessing for me and I don’t take it for granted. I was at a point where I was basically ready to walk away. ‘I’ve done what I can and my shoulder just is not meant for this.’ And so, after having surgery, I woke up and I knew the pain was gone. Ever since, it’s just continued to get better and better.”"
Apparently, Chris Young is feeling even better this season. Not only has he had terrific results (1.98 ERA in 59.0 innings pitched in eight starts), he’s also gained 1 mph in average fastball velocity.
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