PHOENIX -- Chris Young ran prior to batting practice Tuesday, and the D-backs outfielder is optimistic that he could return to action sooner rather than later.
Young has been unable to start since he injured his right quadriceps muscle on Sept. 3 in San Francisco. A Tuesday MRI exam revealed a strain.
"Just a mild strain," Young said. "It's just based on when I feel like I can go 100 percent. The MRI didn't change anything as far as how I'm treating it. I want to get back as soon as possible. But being a center fielder, you can't come back at 70 percent. As a center fielder you have to be able to cover a lot of ground."
To take Young's place in the lineup, the D-backs called up Adam Eaton, who has started all six games Young has missed. That has cut into the playing time for Gerardo Parra, but D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the team wants to see what Eaton can do.
"We talked to Gerardo about that," Gibson said. "He was pretty bummed out about it initially, but we still think very highly of him. It doesn't really mean we think any less about him."