Young will pitch Monday, make opt-out choice

Young will pitch Monday, make opt-out choice
March 24, 2013, 1:15 pm
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VIERA, Fla. -- Chris Young will make his scheduled start tomorrow night against the Astros before deciding whether to opt out of his minor-league contract with the Nationals and sign with another club.

The Nationals must decide today whether to add Young to their 25-man roster, and they don't intend to unless one of their five starting pitchers gets hurt. Young then has until the end of the day tomorrow to either opt out or stay with the Nationals and agree to open the year at Class AAA Syracuse.

Though the veteran right-hander wouldn't get into specifics this morning, he strongly indicated he's got offers to pitch for major-league teams, which would prompt him to opt out.

"I'm not going to get into the details of it, but there's opportunities," he said. "I'm just trying to decide what the best fit is, in a lot of different ways. There's just so many considerations. I can't get into every hypothetical. Once I have all the information, I'll evaluate and see."

Young has made three starts already for the Nationals, allowing four total runs in 14 innings, but he's coming off five scoreless innings against the Marlins on Wednesday. The 6-foot-11 right-hander, a 2007 All-Star with the Padres, appears to have recovered fully from the shoulder injury that plagued him the last two years.

The Nationals signed Young to a minor-league deal last month, hoping he'd go to Syracuse and serve as insurance in case one of their five starters goes down at some point during the season.

Young, though, made it clear he would rather pitch in the big-league rotation of a non-contender than pitch at Class AAA and hope for an opportunity with a World Series contender.

"Syracuse doesn't play in the World Series," he said this morning.

That said, Young offered nothing but praise for the Nationals and the way they've treated him over the last month.

"They've been unbelievable," he said. "It's just a first-class organization, top to bottom. There's not a bad thing I could say about this place. They've done it right the whole time."