Outfielder Rene Tosoni was called up from Triple-A Rochester to take his place on the roster.
Young, who has been out since April 18 with sore ribs, was originally scheduled to make his return Tuesday, but a rainout pushed it back to Wednesday. Young was penciled in as the left fielder and was slotted fifth in the batting order before telling manager Ron Gardenhire he couldn't get loose during batting practice about two hours before the game.
"He tried to swing today but never could get loose," Gardenhire said. "He said it was too cold and he never could feel right or loose. There was soreness, so I told him I had to put him on the DL and he said it was the right thing."
Minnesota was forced to shuffle its lineup in Young's absence, as Matt Tolbert came off the bench to start at second base and batted ninth, while Luke Hughes shifted from second base to first base, Michael Cuddyer switched from first base to right field and Jason Kubel went from right field to left field. Justin Morneau remained as the club's designated hitter.
Tosoni, meanwhile, was called up to the Majors for the first time in his career. The 24-year-old was batting .286 with a .329 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage with three home runs, six doubles and 16 RBIs in 19 games with Rochester.
"He's been playing very well down there," Gardenhire said.