Chris Young returned to the Diamondbacks in style Friday.
Activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, Young contributed a two-run double in the D-backs' 6-4 victory at Kansas City in their first interleague game of the season. Young, who suffered a slight tear in a right shoulder ligament when he ran into the fence while making a catch April 17, served as the designated hitter.
The D-backs were 7-3 at the time Young got hurt, and he was all over the NL leader boards. Young was second in the NL in home runs (five) and OPS (1.397), third in batting average (.410) and tied for third in RBIs (13) when he went on the DL.
The D-backs were 10-18 in his absence, and it is safe to say his return provided a psychological lift.
"Absolutely. He has been a big part of this club for seven years. Just his mere presence in the clubhouse is good for the guys. We were playing pretty darn good until he went down," general manager Kevin Towers said.
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