|Alumni||17 Aug 2009||
|Alumni: Young's surgery ends season by Scott Farrell||Comment (0)|
Chris Young voluntarily ended his 2009 season pitching for the San Diego Padres, opting instead for arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder to repair an injury that has prevented him from pitching since June 14. The Padres' team physician, Heinz Hoenecke, will perform the surgery on Monday (Aug. 17).
Young, in this story by Corey Brock of MLB.com, felt compelled to have the surgery in order to be fully ready for the start of spring training in February 2010. The 1999 HP graduate who took the Scots to the state title finishes the season 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA in only 76 innings. He tried two attempts at throwing on the side following the injury, but the pain would not go away.
The season-ending surgery will postpone for another year the first meeting between Young and fellow ex-HP ace Clayton Kershaw. The two have yet to start against each other, but the Padres and Dodgers will play 18 times in the 2010 season.