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Mets' Chris Young rakes in first Las Vegas rehab game

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Coming off a quadriceps injury, Young smashes two bombs and knocks in five for the 51s

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Chris Young made the Mets' outfield problem a little easier to solve in the short-term when he was scratched from the Opening Day lineup and then pulled in the first inning of the second game of the season with a strained right quad. The left fielder, eligible to be activated from the disabled list this Friday, appeared in his first rehab game for the Las Vegas 51s today and acquitted himself with style.

Young went 5-for-5 for the 51s with two home runs, a double, and five RBI against the Fresno Grizzlies. Apparently healthy, Young will soon create a logjam in the Mets' outfield. In his absence, Eric Young has received a full helping of playing time. He hasn't done much with the opportunity, batting .186/.280/.256 in 47 plate appearances. He has, however, stolen six bases in as many opportunities. If Young were doing something with the glove, his performance at the plate might be easier to accept, but in today's game alone, he misplayed two balls into Angels triples.

With Eric Young struggling at the plate and in the field, it will be interesting to see what Terry Collins does with the starting lineup on Friday when the Mets face the Braves at Citi Field.