Young feeling fine, should return to A’s outfield Wednesday

PHOENIX – Outfielder Chris Young reported to the A’s spring training camp at Phoenix Municipal Stadium Monday with no evident ill effects from the quad cramp he suffered while making a diving catch in the first inning against the Angels Sunday.

“It’s good,’’ Young said. “It was a little sore yesterday when I came out, but I worked with the trainers and it feels fine.’’

The play started when Angels’ second baseman Brendan Harris hit a liner to right where Young, a natural center fielder was playing for the first time. Several of Young’s teammates yell at him to charge the ball, and he did. It was a windy day, however, and the ball got a boost and carried farther than expected.

“It was extremely windy,’’ Young said. “I heard them yell, and I thought I needed to charge, too, but then the wind lifted it.’’

Young did an about-face, retreated and stretched full out to make a diving catch.

“You have to rely on your natural instincts to make that play,’’ he said.

Moments later he was lifted for a pinch-hitter.

He was off Monday and will be held out an extra day Tuesday but should be back in the lineup Wednesday.

“He’ll do just about everything today,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “There are some offensive fundamentals (base running drills) that he won’t do. And we’ll give him an extra day off and he should be fine.’’

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.