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Mets sign Chris Young to minor league deal

Mets pitcher Chris Young yawns as he spins

Mets pitcher Chris Young yawns as he spins his glove on his finger during workouts in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Mets have chosen to roll the dice again withC hris Young -- but this time the financial risk is minimal, as they're bringing in the surgically repaired pitcher on a minor-league contract.

Young, 32, was 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts for the Mets last season before he needed surgery to fix a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder. He's still months away from possibly helping at the major-league level. Young is trying to come back from the same operation that sidelined Johan Santana for the past 18 months.

"Right now, we don't have an expectation, other than a general one that he'll be able to pitch at some point," general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday. "Until he's seen by a doctor and we see him throw, we really can't make an estimate as to when he might be ready."

Young is scheduled to be examined Tuesday morning in New York and Alderson expects him to join the Mets in Port St. Lucie Wednesday, when he plans to throw. The GM said Young already has been throwing off a mound and appears to be ahead of the usual timetable for such a surgery.

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