Young heads to Triple-A on rehab stint

Young heads to Triple-A on rehab stint

DENVER -- Chris Young is not sure exactly when he will return to the D-backs lineup, but he knows it's not far away.

"It's getting to the point where you can smell it. I don't have an exact date yet, though," Young said. "Believe me I want to be out there so bad."

The next step for Young is a stint with Triple-A Reno. He was flying there Wednesday and hoped to be ready to play Thursday.

The D-backs would like to have Young, who was their best hitter when he injured his shoulder crashing into the wall April 17.

In three games with Class A Visalia, Young went 4-for-13 with three doubles, a grand slam and seven RBIs.

"It's not the results that I've been focused on," Young said. "The main thing is to be swinging pain-free and not to have any pain when I swing and miss."

It is easy to look at his success at the plate and think he is ready to be back in the big leagues immediately, but Young knows different.

"I just want to make sure I'm really ready when I come back," he said. "Hitting has definitely been the fastest to come around, but there's more I have to do. I want to really make sure my shoulder is right so that I'm able to dive, slide and throw without any hesitation. It just takes time to get everything right."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said it is not out of the question that Young could return to action this weekend in Kansas City.

"It's possible," Gibson said.