Eric Young Jr. could be available Monday

Eric Young Jr. of the Mets high fives

Eric Young Jr. of the Mets high fives Kirk Nieuwenhuis after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field on April 15, 2014 in Phoenix. (Credit: Getty Images / Christian Petersen)

Travel deals

Terry Collins said he plans on Eric Young Jr. being available in St. Louis Monday night.

Young, who has been on the disabled list since May 25 with a right hamstring strain, leads the Mets with 17 stolen bases but is hitting .220 with a .315 on-base percentage.

Mets complete deal for Ike

The Mets completed their trade that sent Ike Davis to the Pirates, receiving the player to be named, lefthander Blake Taylor. The 19-year-old was the Pirates' second-round draft pick in 2013 (51st overall).

Taylor was 0-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 21 innings (eight games, seven starts) last season for the Pirates' rookie-level affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. He will be assigned to the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets. The Mets also acquired reliever Zack Thornton in the April trade.

 

Dice-K could be available

After pitching a scoreless first inning and then leaving because of a severe upset stomach, Daisuke Matsuzaka said through an interpreter that if he is feeling better, he will be available to pitch out of the bullpen Monday night. Collins said that's a possibility.

 

Chris Young given day off

After Chris Young went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Saturday, Collins decided to give him "a mental break.'' Andrew Brown started in his place and struck out three times.

Young is hitting .196 with four homers and 15 RBIs. "We're trying to get [Young] unglued here and trying to get him going,'' Collins said. "One of the things we're trying to get him to understand is to use the whole ballpark because this is a tough place to hit if you're just a one-dimensional guy. If you're just a pull hitter, it's a tough place to hit.''

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