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Young may skip Seattle series

Young may skip Seattle series

SEATTLE -- Chris Young may have escaped serious injury, but don't look for the D-backs outfielder to be in the starting lineup this weekend as the D-backs and Mariners finish out a three-game series.

Young felt his groin muscle "grab" while legging out a triple Thursday night in Kansas City and was removed from the game.

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"He's feeling much better with strength and flexibility," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said of Young prior to Friday's game. "We definitely avoided the scare."

The D-backs, though, do not want to push their luck and will tread carefully with Young over the next few days. With Monday being an off-day for the club, it would not be a surprise to see him out of the starting lineup until Tuesday.

Meanwhile, catcher Chris Snyder, who felt some tightness in his lower back in Wednesday night's game, could be back in the lineup Saturday.

Snyder has been battling the tightness off and on for a while, Hinch said.

Snyder was available off the bench Friday night and could either catch or serve as the team's designated hitter Saturday.

Pitching matchup
ARI: RHP Billy Buckner (2-3, 7.36 ERA)
Buckner is looking for his second victory of the month and hoping to rebound from two consecutive subpar starts. In his last start, Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada hit an RBI double off Buckner for the visitors' first run of the game in the first inning, and Lance Berkman followed with a two-run home run to extend the Astros' lead to 3-0. Buckner was eventually charged with six runs on five hits in five innings for the loss. In his previous start against the Giants, he was charged with eight runs and 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings for the loss. He has been plagued with poor execution of his pitches but is confident he can bounce back in his next start.

SEA: LHP Jason Vargas (2-2, 3.56)
The left-hander was going to get two extra days between starts, but Erik Bedard's DL trip scrapped those plans. He has struggled a bit in his last two outings, which prompted the idea of getting some extra rest. Vargas has a terrific changeup, but didn't use the pitch often enough in his start against the Rockies and was rocked during a five-run fifth inning.

Tidbits
The D-backs signed four more players from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft: Michael Belfiore (supplemental round, 45th overall), Keon Broxton (third round), David Nick (fourth round) and Charles Brewer (12th round). ... The D-backs activated Tony Clark from the disabled list Friday and optioned first baseman Josh Whitesell to Triple-A Reno. Clark had been on the DL since May 5 with an injured ligament in his right hand. In seven rehab games, Clark was 4-for-25 with a homer and a pair of RBIs. The homer came Thursday. Whitesell has had two separate stints with the D-backs this year, combining to hit .214. He seemed to be finding his way of late, hitting .300 in his second tour of duty, including a .375 mark over the last 10 days. ... Chad Tracy (oblique) started a rehab assignment with Reno on Friday. The Aces are playing in nearby Tacoma. "He needs some at-bats," Hinch said.

Tickets
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On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FS-A

On radio
• KTAR 620, KSUN 1400 (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Diamondbacks (Doug Davis, 3-8, 3.72) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 7-3, 2.77), 1:10 p.m. MST
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Diamondbacks (Max Scherzer, 4-4, 3.58) vs. Rangers (Matt Harrison, 4-4, 5.43), 6:40 p.m. MST

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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