After a few days off, Young returns to lineup

After a few days off, Young returns to lineup

After a few days off, Young returns to lineup
ATLANTA -- Chris Young was back in the D-backs' lineup Thursday night after being given the past three games off while he put in extra work in the batting cage.

Young did pinch-hit in Wednesday night's game and blasted a home run, his first since April 16. Not coincidentally, that is also before he went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Red-hot at the plate when the injury occurred, Young has struggled since his return on May 18.

Young never likes to be out of the lineup, and while he knows he can be his own worst critic and he understood manager Kirk Gibson wanting to give him some time to clear his head, he was uncomfortable with the way some perceived it.

"I feel like the word has gotten out there, like I've given up or gotten discouraged," Young said. "I am hard on myself. I agree with that. But I don't get too down on myself to where I question my ability or question if I could contribute or help the team. I fully believe that every day I come to the field."

Gibson put Young in the No. 8 spot in the batting order and said he planned to play Young throughout the weekend series in Milwaukee.

"He's our center fielder," Gibson said. "I just wanted to give him some time to get away from the frustration and work on some things."

Said Young: "I made the best out of the situation. I did get some quality work in. That's what I'm going to continue to do."