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Clinical Notes: Chris Young Hits the Wall, DL
Dan Port | Wednesday April 18th, 2012
The Diamondbacks will be without Young's hot hitting for a while. (US Presswire)
The Diamondbacks will be without Young's hot hitting for a while. (US Presswire)

After leaving Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Young has been placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder contusion.  Young was injured in the fourth inning after slamming into the wall while making a spectacular catch on a long fly ball by Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez.  

Reports on Wednesday revealed that Young has a deep bruise and a slight ligament tear in his right shoulder, and that the club will evaluate his return as his mandatory 15 day DL stint draws closer.

The centerfielder was off to a red-hot start for the Diamondbacks in 2012 and had collected hits in 10 of his 11 games this season, including a double and a run scored before his departure from Tuesday's contest.  Young, a 28 year-old Houston native, is just a .242 career hitter but was hitting .410 with 5 home runs and 13 RBI this year and was coming off of his second consecutive 20/20 (home runs / stolen bases) season.  His strong start at the plate was making up for fellow outfielder Justin Upton's slow start and, more recently, a thumb injury.

The Diamondbacks also placed infielder Geoff Blum on the disabled list on Wednesday and have recalled outfielder A.J. Pollock and infielder Cody Ransom to fill the roster spots left by him and Young.  Ransom has seen several years of major league service and is known far more for his glovework than his bat, so it's likely he'll see time at shortstop with John McDonald and the Diamondbacks will shuffle versatile starter Willie Bloomquist to the outfield. 

As for Pollock, this call-up will be the first shot at the big leagues for the 17th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft.  The speedy 24 year-old notched 36 stolen bases and a .307/.357/.444 triple-slash (average/on-base/slugging) line for Double-A Mobile last season and was off to a good start for Triple-A Reno in 2012.  He's a very strong defensive centerfielder and will likely see some playing time, but there will also be a lot more at-bats for veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra, who had already seen an increased role while substituting for the ailing Upton.

From a fantasy standpoint. the power and speed combination that Young provides is very difficult to make up for, and his hot start makes the injury sting even worse for owners.  Parra's steady track record makes him worth a pickup on many formats, and Pollock's speed potential should be monitored in deeper leagues, particularly if Upton is out of the lineup too.
Dan PortDan Port has been a writer and article editor for Baseball Press since the fall of 2009. He's a Wisconsin native and Los Angeles resident, as well as an aspiring novelist, moderately successful gambler, and avid craft beer aficionado. You can reach him at dan@baseballpress.com or check him out on Twitter @danport and at DanielPort.com.