Freak accident forces Eric Young Jr. out of starting lineup

Eric Young Jr. stands in the dugout before Eric Young Jr. stands in the dugout before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 16, 2014 in Phoenix. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Christian Petersen

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DENVER -- A freak accident in the batting cage Sunday forced Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. out of the starting lineup for the Mets' 5-1 win over the Rockies.

Young was scratched about an hour before game time when a ball struck him just below the right eye after it ricocheted off an L-screen during batting practice.

Though a CT scan on Young's right cheekbone came back negative, the team listed him as day-to-day with a contusion.

"Fortunately, it's just a little headache right now," said Young, who felt dizzy but passed a concussion test.

Lucas Duda was hitting in the indoor cages at Coors Field when the ball bounced off an L-screen and hit Young, who was doing soft-toss drills.

"He said he was a little foggy, and obviously you don't want to send anybody up that might get hurt," manager Terry Collins said.

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The accident added to what has been a bumpy week for Young, who was scheduled to start for the first time since being pushed out of the lineup by centerfielder Juan Lagares.

Lagares went 3-for-5 in the series finale against the Rockies.


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