"He's really been playing well, and playing with a lot of energy," manager A.J. Hinch said before his club's series finale vs. the Braves. "These guys need some rest. He's probably the guy I have rested the least."
Young entered Thursday with a productive homestand (6-for-21 with a home run and five stolen bases), but his absence paved the way for Gerardo Parra to start in center field and bat seventh, one night after Parra's inside-the-park home run proved crucial to Arizona's 2-1 victory over Atlanta.
Young didn't get the whole day off, however, as Hinch put him in for Parra in a fifth-inning double-switch. Young led off the bottom of the fifth by striking out against Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson. The right-handed hitter led off the seventh with his 10th home run of 2010, a blast off Braves reliever Cristhian Martinez.
Other notes: Adam LaRoche (2-for-20 halfway through the 10-game homestand) was back in Thursday's starting lineup after coming in off of the bench Wednesday night. Plus, catcher John Hester started in place of Chris Snyder, who was mired in a 2-for-16 slide.