Young hopeful for 2012 return from quad strain

Young hopeful for 2012 return from quad strain

DENVER -- D-backs outfielder Chris Young ran some sprints prior to batting practice Monday and is hopeful of being back on the field before the end of the season, if his strained right quadriceps allows.

Young hurried back from the strain and his comeback lasted all of one play as he aggravated it running down a fly ball on the first play of the game.

"It kind of gives you a sign that you don't want to rush it so you try to be smart, but at the same time you want to get back on the field," Young said. "I'm just trying to be a little smarter about things than I have been in the past. It's actually weird for me because I'm used to coming back and pushing through some pain and playing through some things and this is the first time that I haven't been able to run through it or just tough it out per se, because it just didn't allow me to do it. It's a different experience for me."

With Adam Eaton pushing for playing time in an already crowded outfield and Young due $10 million in 2013, there has been speculation that the D-backs will trade Young in the offseason.

Young has heard it, but he's done his best to tune it out and focus on getting back on the field.

"I understand how the game works, I've seen things happen," Young said. "I've been here a long time and I've seen guys go in and out and teams make moves. It's part of the game and it's something you've got to be able to deal with. I just think about the great times that have happened while I've been here, the postseason runs, the teammates, the coaching staffs, the relationships I've gained and continue to try and build on that. Going into the offseason mentally I'm going to still be here and I plan on coming back here. If something changes then I'll deal with it if that moment comes."