Young expected to return to lineup Wednesday

Young expected to return to lineup Wednesday
February 26, 2013, 10:30 am
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Chris Young has made 825 career starts, all in center field. That will change this season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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PHOENIX -- At this point in the spring it is always the best option to play it safe when it comes to aches and pains. The Oakland Athletics did just that with outfielder Chris Young. He was removed from the game on Sunday after feeling slight pain in his left quadricep.

Young will be back in the lineup on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres. He is batting second and playing right field. In other words, there's nothing to worry about.

"It was just a little knot, a little cramp in there," Young said. "I didn't think it was anything serious. It's still February, so err on the side of caution. If it was the season you'd be playing. As of right now you listen to your body and know you are going to have some times where your body feels tight and just be smart about it."

Just after speaking with Young, he went outside to run. He did base running drills on Monday and practiced with the team prior to their Cactus League home opener against the Cleveland Indians.

Young missed some time last September with a right quad strain. On Young's final play of the game on Sunday he made a terrific leaping and sprawling catch. It was his first time playing right field professionally, and he had to deal with a brutal crosswind on top of it. Young's athleticism and experience in center field should help smooth his transitions to the corner outfield positions.

"It's never easy," Young said. "I definitely have confidence in my ability in the outfield and I think I am going to be able to make that adjustment, and still be able to read the ball and make the necessary plays."

He has made 825 career starts, all in centerfield. He will be getting work at all three outfield positions this spring, and will rotate around the outfield spots once the regular season begins.

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