D-backs being cautious with Young

D-backs being cautious with Young

PHOENIX -- D-backs center fielder Chris Young hopes to return to the starting lineup sometime this week and said his sore groin is not going to send him to the disabled list.

"I don't think I'm far away at all," Young said. "That's the reason they have me as day-to-day, because it's getting better every day."

Young felt his groin muscle "grab" on Thursday night in Kansas City and was removed from the game. He was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup against the Rangers by D-backs manager A.J. Hinch and has not started in the past five games. He entered Wednesday's contest in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out to end the game.

"I'm just being ultra-conservative with him at this point because a setback is non-negotiable," Hinch said. "I really want to feel good about putting him in the lineup. I'm anxious to get him back, but at the same time, a day late is better than a day early."

Young is hitting .203 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 222 at-bats this season. He sports a .276 batting average this month.

"When you play in center field, you have to be as close to 100 percent as possible because you have to run around in the outfield," Young said. "We're trying to get to a point where I can give my all and not hold the team down at all. I'm not as valuable if I can't run a ball down the way I know I can."

Pitching matchup
ARI: RHP Jon Garland (4-7, 4.99 ERA)
The good news for Garland is that he pitched better in his last outing. The bad news is that this start comes at Chase Field, where he has certainly not had a home-field advantage. This year on the road Garland has a 2.60 ERA in seven starts. At home, his ERA is 7.82. His last start was against the Mariners at Safeco Field and he tossed seven shutout innings. He pitched in and out of trouble as he allowed eight baserunners on the night. Garland did not get a decision as the bullpen gave up his 3-0 lead. Seattle rallied for four runs in the eighth, including two on a pinch-hit homer by Ken Griffey Jr.

TEX: RHP Scott Feldman (5-2, 4.02 ERA)
Feldman lost, 6-4, to the Giants on Friday while giving up five runs in six innings, snapping his four-game road winning streak. He is now 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in his past three starts. He has a 3.18 ERA in 11 starts this season and in 35 starts over the past two years, he is 11-10 with a 4.56 ERA. Opponents are hitting .230 off him this year but they are hitting .300 with runners in scoring position and .360 in those situations with two outs. He has made just one relief appearance in his career against the D-backs.

Justin Upton has hit safely in seven consecutive games and is hitting .483 during that stretch. ... Felipe Lopez has hit safely in 11 consecutive games. ... Gerardo Parra picked up his team-leading fifth triple on Wednesday. ...The D-backs are 10-11 in one-run games after Wednesday's 2-1 loss.

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Up next
• Friday: D-backs (Billy Buckner, 2-4, 7.15) vs. Angels (Jered Weaver, 7-3, 2.53), 6:40 p.m. MST
• Saturday: D-backs (Doug Davis, 3-8, 3.53) vs. Angels (John Lackey, 2-3, 5.83), 1:10 p.m. MST
• Sunday: D-backs (Max Scherzer, 5-4, 3.53) vs. Angels (TBD), 1:10 p.m. MST

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