After showering him with praise yesterday on Getting Blanked, Chris Young went out of his way to prove me a genius. He doubled in his first at bat, scoring the game’s first run on a Miguel Montero single. Then, in the fourth inning, he ran down a long fly ball off the bat of Pedro Alvarez, crashing into the left-field fence.
It was quite an unbelievable play, made all the more unbelievable when we consider Pedro Alvarez hit a ball to the warning track! Unfortunately for the Snakes, Chris Young had to leave the game, suffering a shoulder contusion in the process.
The distance Young travelled really made the catch special. Here is a screen cap taken the moment the camera switched and Young began his long pursuit for the Alvarez bomb. Highlighted is the distance he travelled, roughly estimated at “far”.
The ball was in the air for nearly 5 seconds (eyeballing the video) but Young travelled a crazy amount of distance before careening shoulder-first in the fence. Young hung onto the ball but, as you can see in the linked video, stayed down in obvious pain.
The MRI on Young’s shoulder is scheduled for later today but, according to the Arizona Republic, the team is cautiously optimistic that he won’t need a DL stint.
Any time Young and Upton are hurting or out of the lineup spells disaster for the Diamondbacks team running a 2007 Blue Jays infield out as they did last night. Justin Upton sat out last night’s game and is scheduled to visit a hand specialist to determine the extent of his injury.
These two players make the whole team go. If they are out, it brings Arizona back to the pack in the “competitive” NL West. Whatever gains are made through an exciting three or four team race are immediately given back by the absence of two great young(ish) players like Young and Upton.
Update: Young hits the DL, as does generic replacement level dude Geoff Blum. Up comes Snakes top positional prospect A.J. Pollock and another generic replacement level dude Cody Ransom.