Young allowed one hit and struck out two over 3.2 innings in Wednesday's spring game against the Indians. Young came on in relief after Madison Bumgarner started. It was Young's second appearance of spring training, this one much better than the first when he allowed three runs on four hits. "It felt like pace-wise it was way better," Young told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "There were a couple of pitches that I kind of got away with, but overall, I felt really good, though. Everything was working." The 26-year-old left-hander may eventually land in a long relief role, but he could be a fill-in starter until Mike Leake's wrist injury is resolved.
Young allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three over two-plus innings in Friday's spring game against the Mariners. Young made his spring debut Friday after his first scheduled start was rained out last Saturday. The left-hander cruised through the first inning, retiring all three batters without incident, but ran into trouble in the second and was eventually removed after walking the leadoff batter in the third. With Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reporting that Mike Leake (wrist) may not be ready for Opening Day, Young could emerge as part of the first turn through the rotation.
Young will start Saturday in the Diamondbacks' Cactus League opener versus the Rockies, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. The 26-year-old southpaw started 15 games for Arizona during his rookie season in 2019, posting a 3.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 71:27 K:BB across 83.1 innings. With the Diamondbacks' offseason signing of Madison Bumgarner and the return of Luke Weaver from an elbow injury, Young will compete for a back-end spot in a crowded starting rotation this spring and may be more likely to find a long-relief role in the bullpen or a trip back to the minors coming out of camp.
Young allowed four hits over four scoreless innings of relief Sunday, striking out one batter in the win over San Diego. He did not factor in the decision. Young took over for opener Taijuan Walker and scattered four singles over his four shutout innings. The rookie southpaw ends his 2019 campaign with a 3.56 ERA and 71:27 K:BB over 83.1 innings.
Young could be used as the primary starter for Sunday's season finale against the Pirates, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. In some form, Young will pitch Sunday, either as the starter or the primary pitcher. The schedule should be finalized after Taijuan Walker (elbow, shoulder) completes a bullpen session Thursday. If all goes well, Walker will serve as Sunday's opener with Young waiting to piggyback.
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