Young feels strong after rehab start

Young feels strong after rehab start

SAN DIEGO -- A day after his third Minor League rehab start, Padres right-hander Chris Young had a definitive answer on whether he feels he is healthy and sharp enough to pitch in the Major Leagues this season.

"Yes. No doubt about it," Young said.

Young, on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder since April, threw about 75 pitches in 5 2/3 shutout innings for Class A Lake Elsinore on Saturday in a California League Southern Division Finals game. He allowed three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.

"Health-wise, I felt great," Young said. "[My] stuff was really good, command was good, offspeed [pitches were] good. It was probably, all in all, the best it's been."

Though Young was adamant that he has the ability to pitch for the Padres in September, manager Bud Black said the next step in Young's recovery process is yet to be determined.

"I just want to make sure that, long-term, he's in a good spot," Black said. "He's had a tough year coming back from some shoulder ailments. I'm glad he's confident in where he is.

"This is an ongoing process. He's only had three starts, and he hasn't pitched [in the Majors] since April."