ATLANTA -- Had he not simply been a fan of his father's big league teams, Eric Young, Jr. would have grown up a Mets fan. Raised in Piscataway, N.J., Young still has family in the area and travels there often.
"I definitely still go back and visit on holidays, so pretty much the whole state has been calling me up so far," Young said Wednesday, hours after the Mets acquired him in a trade for pitcher Collin McHugh. "My dad is excited. I think he always wanted to be a Met. He never got the chance to."
The younger Young is also excited, mostly because of the opportunity he will receive with the Mets. Still searching for a reliable leadoff hitter, manager Terry Collins inserted Young immediately into that spot Wednesday against the Braves, playing him in center field.
In 313 career games with the Rockies, Young stole 70 bases with a .329 on-base percentage. Though that latter statistic may not be ideal, the Mets are nonetheless intrigued by what Young can provide on the basepaths.
"We'll probably play him quite often to see what he brings to the table," Collins said. "We're hoping he brings something that we haven't had since Jose [Reyes]."
Leading off Wednesday's game, Young stroked a single off Braves starter Kris Medlen, but he was stranded after a flyout and a double play. Young finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the Mets' 5-3 loss.
Defensively, Young said that center field is his best position, though he is also capable of playing both corner-outfield spots as well as second base. After learning of the trade on Tuesday, Young caught an early flight the following morning from Arizona -- where he had been working out since the Rockies designated him for assignment earlier this month -- to Atlanta.
"Whenever I got the call," Young said, "I wanted to be ready to go."
With Atchison to DL, Mets recall Brown
ATLANTA -- As expected, the Mets placed right-handed reliever Scott Atchison back on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, recalling outfielder Andrew Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Atchison suffered a strained right groin while warming up during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader. It would have been his first appearance since returning from a month-long DL stint with right elbow inflammation.
Recalling Brown allowed the Mets to re-balance their roster, increasing their bench back to five men while proceeding temporarily with an eight-man bullpen.
Brown, 28, hit .200 with one home run in 15 at-bats with the Mets earlier this season. He is capable of playing both corner outfield positions, as well as first base.
Mets ink first-rounder Smith, plus dozen more
ATLANTA -- In addition to first-round Draft pick Dominic Smith, who made his signing with the organization official on Wednesday, the Mets announced that they have inked a dozen more of their Draft picks.
The latest batch of signees includes second-round right-handed pitcher Andrew Church, third-round outfielder Ivan Wilson, third-round right-hander Casey Meisner, fifth-round outfielder Jared King, seventh-round first baseman Matt Oberste, 10th-round shortstop Luis Guillorme, 11th-round right-hander Taylor Bashlor, 20th-round right-hander Dan Herrmann, 25th-round right-hander Ricky Jacquez, 28th-round right-hander Robert Coles, 35th-round right-hander Ty Williams and 38th-round left-hander Paul Paez.
The Mets have officially signed 24 of their Draft picks, including each of their first 14 selections. Smith, a first baseman, worked out Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and will open his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Mets.
Official ruling gives Wright another career hit
ATLANTA -- David Wright's latest souvenir is not quite what he thought.
Major League Baseball made an official scoring change to last Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, ruling that Wright's bouncing ball in the eighth inning -- originally an error on Cards third baseman David Freese -- was in fact an infield single. That means that when Wright saved the ball from his 1,500th career hit Tuesday night in Atlanta, it was technically his 1,501st.
Wright, who also has the balls from his 500th and 1,000th career hit, eventually managed to recover the correct ball from his 1,500th hit, according to Mets PR man Jay Horwitz
• Zack Wheeler flew Wednesday to Tucson, Ariz., where he will join Triple-A Las Vegas before returning to the Mets next week in Chicago. The move allows the Mets to carry an extra reliever for their next five games in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Said manager Terry Collins: "He certainly understood the whole situation."
• Right-hander Luis Mateo underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last week, a source confirmed. Mateo, the organization's ninth-ranked player on MLB.com's 2013 Prospect Watch, was 4-5 last season for Class A Brooklyn, posting a 2.45 ERA with 85 strikeouts and nine walks in 73 1/3 innings.
• Shortstop Ruben Tejada has still not begun any lateral movement in his recovery from a strained right quad, which he suffered May 30 at Yankee Stadium. Tejada has been fielding ground balls directly at him, but has not yet run on his injured leg. The Mets have no timetable for his return.
• Infielder Josh Satin worked out at third base during batting practice Wednesday, which was notable for this reason: Collins said that David Wright will receive a day off soon, and with Justin Turner on the disabled list, Satin will fill in at third. He played five innings at the position during a big league callup in 2011, but none this season for Triple-A Las Vegas.