The New York Mets' depleted outfield should be getting a key player back soon. Eric Young Jr, who has been sidelined since May 25th with a right hamstring strain, is currently on a rehab assignment. Young is scheduled to play with AA Binghamton tonight, and manager Terry Collins told reporters before tonight's game with the San Diego Padres that Young could be activated by the end of the weekend.
Young, who is hitting .220 with 17 stolen bases on the season, will likely move his rehab up to Triple-A Las Vegas at some point before being activated. Young played in a rehab game with Port St. Lucie yesterday and went 1 for 4 with a walk, and also played in left field defensively. Young will likely take the place of Andrew Brown or Matt den Dekker upon his return.
Collins is probably looking forward to Young's return as the Mets are in desperate need of a leadoff man. The Mets have been using Matt den Dekker and Ruben Tejada in the leadoff spot for the past week and a half, and the results haven't been inspiring. EY is the closest thing that the Mets have in terms of a true leadoff hitter, and his presence in the lineup can help spark the team. The Mets definitely need his speed, so Young's return will be a welcome one.
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