Mets place speedy OF Young on 15-day DL with hamstring strain

The Mets will miss the speed Eric Young Jr. brings to their lineup.

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The New York Mets have placed speedy outfielder Eric Young Jr. on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring.

Young said his leg had been sore for several days but felt a pull Saturday while stealing a base. He was held out of the Mets’ doubleheader split against Arizona a day later and was placed on the DL, retroactive to May 25, before their game against Pittsburgh on Monday.

He said he would rather go on the DL now than risk an injury that would keep him out an extended period.

While Young was hitting just .220, he was a catalyst on the basepaths. He has 17 steals and scored 28 runs in only 141 at-bats.

The Mets recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas.