Young easing back into D-backs' lineup

Young easing back into D-backs' lineup

KANSAS CITY -- Interleague Play is providing D-backs manager Kirk Gibson with an opportunity to ease outfielder Chris Young back into the swing of things.

Young injured his shoulder in April and came off a month-long stay on the disabled list for the Interleague opener against the Royals on Friday. He served as the designated hitter in Friday's game, and played center field on Saturday. On Sunday, Young was back in the DH role and went 0-for-4 in the D-backs' 2-0 win.

"It kind of worked out because we have the DH here. Because he's been playing the outfield in the Minor Leagues, he's coming along fine," Gibson said.

Gibson said that not overworking Young is extremely important.

"This is the right thing to do for sure, smart thing to do," Gibson said. "I want to make sure I don't overdo him. That's the tendency, push them too fast, too far and then we end up having a setback. I don't want to do that."

In his first two games back, Young went 2-for-8 with a two-run double in Friday's 6-4 win.