PORT ST. LUCIE – Carlos Carrasco was on the right track to start the season in the Mets’ rotation, until he wasn’t.
Just hours after the right-hander threw 20 pitches in a mock game Thursday and manager Luis Rojas expressed confidence that Carrasco could be ready for his first regular-season start, the Mets announced that the veteran pitcher was undergoing a an MRI exam for a right hamstring strain. sustained during sprints after your throwing session.
Carrasco, according to a source, suffered a high-grade tear that will likely cost him six to eight weeks on the disabled list.
The setback opens the door for two of the three between David Peterson, Joey Lucchesi and Jordan Yamamoto to join the starting rotation.
“We’ve talked about depth in that regard, we always praise the work our front office has done,” Rojas said after the Mets lost 3-1 to the Nationals in a Grapefruit League game in Clover. Park.
Carrasco, who turns 34 this weekend, was behind on his pitches after experiencing elbow discomfort last week and shutting down. He began exercising late this spring to receive an additional medical evaluation, as a leukemia survivor.
Rojas was unaware of the hamstring injury when he spoke to reporters before the Mets faced the Nationals. The manager had indicated that he was looking toward Carrasco throwing 35-40 pitches in his next session and still having plenty of time to prepare for his first start.
“It’s devastating to see how hard Carrasco works, and obviously I think we need him in the rotation to be an elite,” Marcus Stroman said. “I hope he continues with this and we can get him back pretty soon. Even if it doesn’t, it doesn’t make it to Opening Day [roster]I think it’s more important to emphasize health and make sure it’s good for later starts.
Stroman said he’s very confident in the depth of the Mets’ rotation.
“I definitely think that if there’s a team that can handle having some starts, I think it’s us,” Stroman said. “[But] obviously, we are waiting for Carrasco to return because it is a great advantage for our staff ”.
Lucchesi and Yamamoto, who came in offseason trades, have been the most impressive starting pitchers competing for a spot. There is a vacancy because Noah Syndergaard’s rehab from Tommy John surgery will not be complete before June. Carrasco’s injury leaves a second start, behind Jacob deGrom, Stroman and Taijuan Walker.
“We have quite a bit of depth, but not only that, but having a guy like Jake, like Marcus and Peterson and guys who also have early-game experience for the past few years gives us a relief when something like this can happen,” he said. Red.
Jerad Eickhoff, Corey Oswalt and Mike Montgomery are other pitchers in camp with experience as a starter in the majors. Montgomery, who signed to a minor league contract, has been working from the bullpen this spring, but Rojas said the southpaw could be stretched to start.
“He’s one of those hybrid guys that has done both,” Rojas said. And the way he pitched the other day it looked good. You can see a guy going through the lineup a couple of times with those things. We are working to stretch it, be multi-entry and always from there you can have a plan. “