SAN FRANCISCO -- Did D-backs outfielder Chris Young come back too soon from a right shoulder injury that kept him sidelined from April 17 until May 18?
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson speculated last week that maybe Young was rushed, and the outfielder's struggles at the plate since coming back lend some credence to that.
After picking up a pair of hits Monday, Young is hitting .156 since being activated after a brief rehab stint that included three games at Class A Visalia and one game at Triple-A Reno.
"When you get hurt, you can't get in the weight room like you want to, you can't take the amount of swings you want to," Young said. "It's just different, but you try to get your timing back. I think timing is the biggest thing. When I first came back, my timing was off and you try to find the mechanical problem, but the reality is that you just haven't seen a lot of live pitching."
When he got hurt, Young was hitting .410 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.
Well respected in the clubhouse for his desire to be in the lineup every day regardless of how he's feeling, Young declined to use the short rehab stint as an excuse.
"Some guys come back and they're as hot as they were when they got hurt," Young said. "But for me, it was just kind of me not being patient at all. I've just got to find a way to be patient and allow things to come back and trust that things are going to show up. I've been working extremely hard to get it all back."