The New York Mets’ pitching plans during the offseason revolved around right-hander Carlos Carrasco. They didn’t sign Trevor Bauer, Jake Odorizzi, James Paxton, Charlie Morton or Corey Kluber in part because they were already acquiring a proven star hurler with years of experience at the highest level in MLB.
They did add Joey Lucchesi via trade and signed Jordan Yamamoto and Taijuan Walker, but as far as pitching goes, Carrasco was the Mets’ biggest addition. That is why any developments that have to do with the health of his elbow will fire the alarms in Queens.
According to what Mets’ manager told the press on Wednesday morning, Carrasco has been experiencing some soreness in his elbow, but he did explain that there is not too much to worry about in this specific case.
“We expect him to be back maybe by the end of next week, facing live batters,” Rojas said, clarifying that this is something that Carrasco has felt over the course of his long career in Major League Baseball.
The Mets hope to have him back soon
The righty will rest for the next few days and the Mets expect him to be back facing live batters next week if all goes well.
Carrasco had been absent from Mets’ camp as he was undergoing additional medical screening related to his 2019 case of leukemia. He threw live batting practice session on Monday and that’s when he felt the reported discomfort.
Injuries and bad performance hindered Carrasco’s first four years of his professional career, but ever since 2014, he has pitched like a top of the rotation pitcher with the Cleveland Indians. For his career, he has a 3.77 ERA and a 3.42 FIP in 1242.1 frames, and the 2021 season will be his first with the Mets after the team acquired him along with star shortstop Francisco Lindor.