Young is eligible and likely to be activated from the disabled list on April 18 when the team returns home to face the Braves.
Chris Young should become the everyday left fielder when he returns from the DL, and I expect Andrew Brown will be the odd man out. As for Eric Young Jr., he has struggled on an everyday basis as the leadoff hitter for this club, showing - at least in a small sample - he should be their fourth outfielder and backup to Daniel Murphy at second base. His raw skills are a nice concept for the top of the order, but he hasn’t shown an ability to be productive in that role on an everyday basis. It’s possible he will have more success in this utility role anyway, as it will limit his exposure and could be used on a more situational basis.
I agree, even with the six steals, Eric Young Jr.'s production is simply not worthy of an everyday role in the lineup. He will slide over to the bench (most likely at the expense of Brown, who has done little to warrant a roster spot) and Chris Young should be penciled in as the left-fielder going forward. This should give a boost to both the offense and the defense and Eric Young Jr. will have better value off the bench as a pinch runner and backup outfielder and second basemen.
Well, I agree and I agree, Eric Young Jr. has to go to the bench. I think it's what is best for him. He can still get a good number of at bats playing any one of the three outfield spots, not to mention an occasional fill in for Murphy and a pinch hitting opportunity. Also, Chris Young has shown that he can hit when he plays every day. This, plus his contract, plus EY's struggles, mean Chris must play every day, if for no other reason than he can be great trade bait - along the lines of Marlon Byrd last season - if he hits.
The most important thing, though, regardless of the two Youngs, is that Juan Lagares continues to play every day. He's their best outfield glove and he's been their best hitter. I don't expect him to hit this way all year, he's getting very lucky and pitchers are bound to adapt. However, until that happens, he has to be there every innings, no question about it.