Call it the Michael Cuddyer effect.
Young was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with what is officially being diagnosed as a left intercostal muscle strain. Tuesday starter Jhoulys Chacin -- who had been on the disabled list since May with a shoulder injury -- took Young's place on the team's roster.
The move comes just two days after the Rockies put Cuddyer on the disabled list for the second time this month with a strained right oblique. Saturday marked Cuddyer's third game since his return from his first DL stint -- he re-injured the strain on his first swing in the fifth inning. He finished the game, but said he felt severe discomfort in the clubhouse and was put back on the disabled list on Sunday.
"We saw that with Michael Cuddyer. He gets better and better and right back to where he used to be, and within two days he's sore again," manager Jim Tracy said. "They're totally unpredictable. They can feel better and you move on, you think they're better, and then you take a swing and find out very quickly that you're not. That's just the way it works."
Young said he wasn't feeling any worse on Tuesday, but that he had made no significant improvement since Monday afternoon -- he said he still feels pain when he sneezes and coughs.
"Even though it's feeling better, they want to take precautionary measures and make sure I get it fully to 100 percent as opposed to just feeling good," Young said.
Young's now extended absence leaves a big hole atop the Rockies' lineup -- he was hitting .406 in August (26-for-64) with 10 multihit games. But even though that adds extra frustration, Young said the typical lingering nature of oblique injuries made the decision to put him on the DL easy for the coaching staff.
As for whether he fears the possibility of re-injuring himself upon his return?
"I'm not worried about that, we'll just see how I'm feeling once 15 days come," Young said. "But the reason they put me on the DL now is because it's an injury that lingers. We don't want it to maybe even carry over to next year."
Right on the same page as his manager.
"I don't know with Eric Young just like I wouldn't know with anyone else as far as this type of injury is concerned," Tracy said. "The one thing you can say about it is simply that 'uncertainty' is the term you use -- we don't know."