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Late scratch for Mets' Eric Young Jr.

Eric Young Jr. of the Mets reacts after

Eric Young Jr. of the Mets reacts after grounding out the short in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. (July 19, 2013) Credit: Mike Stobe

Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. was a late scratch for Friday's doubleheader matinee against the Nationals.

Young injured his right knee when he stepped on the ankle of Braves pitcher Tim Hudson during Wednesday's game at Citi Field. Though the pain he complained of on Thursday is gone, Young said he needed another day of rest and treatment.

Mets manager Terry Collins initially inserted Young into the starting lineup as the leadoff man, though to stay in it, the outfielder had to complete a set of pregame drills with no issue. Though Young got through the drills, he sensed

"No more pain," Young said. "It felt a lot better today, it's just a matter of if I need to explode or score that run from first, could do it all out [and] know I'm capable of doing it?"

But with his ability to explode still in question, Young opted for a day of rest and treatment.

He hopes to return on Saturday.

Meanwhile, centerfielder Juan Lagares moved into the leadoff spot with Andrew Brown sliding into leftfield. Righthander Jenrry Mejia makes his season debut for the Mets. The Mets' starting lineup against Nationals' righthander Jordan Zimmermann (12-5, 3.01 ERA):

Juan Lagares CF
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Marlon Byrd RF
Ike Davis 1B
Andrew Brown LF
Anthony Recker C
Omar Quintanilla SS
Jenrry Mejia RHP

Bryce Harper LF
Steve Lombaradozzi 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Ian Desmond SS
Denard Span CF
Kurt Suzuki C
Jordan Zimmermann RHP

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