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Mets acquire Eric Young Jr. from Colorado

06/19/2013 5:23 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Mets sent pitcher Collin McHugh to acquire Eric Young Jr.(AP)
The New York Mets made another versatile addition on Wednesday, acquiring Eric Young Jr. from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for RHP Collin McHugh.

Young Jr. was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after hitting .242 in 180 plate appearances, and he has played all three outfield positions as well as second base this season.

He reported to the team and was immediately placed into the starting lineup by Mets manager Terry Collins, penciled in to lead off and play center field in Wednesday's series finale in Atlanta. McHugh, 26, had been designated for assignment by the Mets on Sunday after spending most of the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he was 3-2 with a 2.87 ERA in nine starts. The righty also pitched seven innings over three games (one start) at the Major League level, allowing eight runs (for a 10.29 ERA) in those outings.

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, McHugh will report to the Rockies' Double-A affiliate in Tulsa.

To make room for Young Jr. on the 25-man and 40-man rosters, the Mets also designated outfielder Collin Cowgill for assignment; after hitting a grand slam on Opening Day, Cowgill has a .180-2-8 line line in 63 Major League plate appearances and a .268-5-12 line in 32 games at Las Vegas this season.

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