PHOENIX -- In light of continued struggles at the plate since returning from the disabled list last month, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson kept center fielder Chris Young out of the lineup Tuesday for the first time since June 9.
While the rest of the club totaled 11 hits Monday against the Mariners, Young went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
"It seems like he was frustrated yesterday, he went and hit in the cage after the game, I think he's pressing pretty hard," Gibson said. "Just giving him a day to relax and work on some things."
Young was activated from the DL on May 18 and batted .158 with a .200 on-base percentage in 10 games the rest of the month. In June, the 28-year-old is reaching base more often with a .288 OBP but he's still not finding hits, batting at a .143 clip.
Before going on the DL with a shoulder contusion, Young tore the cover off the ball to start the season, batting .410 with five homers and 13 RBIs.
Gibson said Young hasn't complained about any lingering effects from the injury but that he isn't sure the outfielder would say anything even if he was feeling discomfort.
"He's worked hard," Gibson said. "Early in the season he was locked in, he was trying to get back to that and that's pretty hard to do. He's not there right now. He expects to be though, everyone would try to do that. He was on fire."