Mets Acquire Eric Young, Jr., DFA Collin Cowgill

If you couldn’t tell the difference between Collin Cowgill and Collin McHugh, don’t worry — they are both gone now. The Mets traded McHugh to the Rockies for outfielder Eric Young, Jr. and designated Cowgill for assignment.

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Eric Young, Jr. joins the Mets.

The Young-McHugh deal was a swap of players who were recently DFAed. Young could be intriguing. The New Jersey native is only 28 years old and he hit .316 last season in 196 at bats. He also had 27 stolen bases in 77 games in 2011. He’s been disappointing this year, though, hitting only .242.Young certainly looked good in a series against the Mets in April, going seven-for-16. He’s got no power to speak of, but he could fill the gaping void at leadoff for the Mets. They have nothing to lose, really.

To make room for Eric Young on the roster, Scott Atchison is expected to go back on the disabled list. He suffered a groin injury while warming up Tuesday in what was supposed to be his return from the DL.

As far as Cowgill, he’s been a big disappointment. He started the season with the Mets and had his one highlight on Opening Day with a grand slam. He was sent to Las Vegas and was just recalled last week. Now he’s history.

The Mets recalled Andrew Brown, who also started the season with the Mets but was sent down after batting .200. But at least he has been hitting well in Las Vegas, batting .346 with seven home runs and 41 RBIs. He just recovered from a dreaded oblique injury.

In a procedural move, Zack Wheeler was sent to Las Vegas. He won’t pitch there; he will be recalled for his next start in Chicago against the White Sox on Tuesday.

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