Chris Young, 28, has been out of action due to a strained left oblique muscle. He is scheduled to return to the starting rotation tonight when the Padres conclude a four-game series at St. Louis.
Young suffered the injury on July 24 at Colorado, leaving that game after two innings. He leads Major League Baseball with a 1.82 ERA (24 ER/118.2 IP), .184 batting average against and 0.73 home ERA. Young is 9-3 over his 20 starts and ranks third in the National League with a .750 winning percentage. He also ranks among NL leaders in road ERA (5th, 3.02), strikeouts (T-14th, 114) and strikeouts per nine innings (4th, 8.6).
Young is in his second season with the Padres. He was acquired from the Texas Rangers along with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Terrmel Sledge in exchange for pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka and catcher Billy Killian on January 4, 2006. Young has a career Major League record of 35-17 with a 3.43 ERA (190 ER/499.0 IP) in 89 starts with Texas (2004-2005) and San Diego (2006-2007). He has struck out 442 and walked 163.
In 22 starts this season, the 44-year-old David Wells is 5-8 with a 5.54 ERA (73 ER/118.2 IP), 33 walks and 63 strikeouts. He went 2-2 with a 7.04 ERA (18 ER/23.0 IP) in five July starts and 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA (12 ER/9.1 IP) in two August outings.
Over parts of 21 Major League seasons, Wells has compiled a 235-156 record and a 4.12 ERA (1556 ER/3400.1 IP) with 402 walks and 2,182 strikeouts in 653 games (482 starts) with the Toronto Blue Jays (1987-92, 1999-2000), Detroit Tigers (1993-95), Cincinnati Reds (1995), Baltimore Orioles (1996), New York Yankees (1997-98, 2002-03), Chicago White Sox (2001), Boston Red Sox (2005-06) and Padres (2004, 2006-07). In 58 career starts with San Diego, he was 18-18 with a 4.33 ERA (165 ER/342.2 IP).
Among all-time Major League left-handers, Wells’ 235 victories rank 14th all-time and third among active southpaws. The three-time All-Star, who threw the first regular-season perfect game for the New York Yankees in 1998, is the sixth winningest active pitcher. His average of just 1.88 walks per nine innings is third best among active pitchers, first among left-handers.