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Mets push back Young's first minor league start

The Sports Xchange
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--RHP Chris Young will not begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday, as originally expected. The Mets said this is not a setback for Young, who threw 75 pitches in a simulated game Monday, the latest step in his comeback from right shoulder surgery. The team simply does not want to rush Young, who has not made more than 18 starts in a season since 2007.

--RF Lucas Duda was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup with the flu after appearing in Tuesday's game only as a pinch hitter. Duda, one of multiple Mets players battling flu-like symptoms, has not started a game since Sunday.

--C Mike Nickeas, who is battling the flu, did not appear in Wednesday's game. Nickeas did watch the game from Minute Maid Park, unlike Tuesday, when he was too sick to leave his hotel room.

--3B David Wright singled and walked, reaching base at least twice for the seventh time in eight games. Wright leads the major leagues with a .495 on-base percentage.

--SS Ruben Tejada went 3-for-4 and is now batting .464 over his last six games. Tejada is the club's choice to bat leadoff against left-handed starting pitchers, with OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis typically batting first against righties.

BY THE NUMBERS
13 -- Hits RHP Manny Acosta has allowed in his last three appearances, a span of 3 2/3 innings.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Let's be realistic here. This is a work in progress. Let's not get down. Let's stay positive. Let's continue to work. Let's continue to get better." -- Manager Terry Collins, after the Mets stumbled in Houston following a strong start to the road trip in Colorado.

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