Young making progress, could return soon

Young making progress, could return soon

PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Chris Young continues to make progress in his rehab from a right shoulder injury.

Young played in an extended spring game on Thursday along with injured shortstop Stephen Drew, and then he took batting practice on Friday against injured pitcher Daniel Hudson.

"I'm feeling good," Young said. "I kind of base it on, not so much off results, but what I'm thinking when I'm at the plate. Am I thinking about what pitch I can swing at without hurting myself? Do I be extremely careful with my pitch selection so I don't aggravate anything? That wasn't in my mind at all. It was all just see ball, hit ball. I wasn't thinking about it, I was just swinging. I didn't feel like I was guarding it."

Young is hoping to go on a Minor League rehab assignment as soon as Monday, and if all goes well, he wants to be back in the lineup next weekend.

"Possible, yes," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said when told of Young's thoughts. "We'll see how he does when he goes and plays next week."

Young jammed his right shoulder against the outfield wall while making a catch on April 17 and has been on the disabled list since.

The biggest challenge for Young right now is throwing. On Friday, he threw to second and third base, and he hopes to add throws to home soon.

"Throwing is not 100 percent there, but every day it's getting a lot better," Young said. "A week ago, I couldn't even play catch, all the way to yesterday, when I could long toss."