JUPITER, Fla. -- The Mets have chosen to roll the dice again with Chris 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.

Carter to be honored

The Mets announced that a pregame ceremony with the family of the late Gary Carter will be held before the April 5 opener at Citi Field. Carter's wife, Sandy, son D.J. and daughters Kimmy and Christy, along with their families, will be on the field for a moment of silence and ceremonial first pitch.

"It will be an incredible experience for us to celebrate Gary's legacy by having our family throw out the first pitch," Sandy Carter said in a statement. "The Mets and the fans of New York always had a special place in Gary's heart, and that admiration will live on in our hearts for years to come."

The Mets already have been wearing a black KID 8 patch on their right sleeves during spring training and will continue to do so in the regular season.

Extra bases

Scott Hairston (oblique) took batting practice again and could make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday . . . Jason Bay (bruised left forearm) showed improvement, but the Mets chose to have him skip batting practice. "Just to let that arm rest a little bit rather than aggravate that a little more," Terry Collins said. "I plan on playing him [Tuesday] if he's OK."