Mets: Carlos Carrasco pitches in simulated game, hopes to soon advance to Grapefruit League action

New York Mets’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco continues to make excellent progress on the injury front, as he recently gave the team a scare with a minor bout of elbow soreness. You don’t have to be an expert to know that when a hurler suffers elbow issues, there is a wide array of possible outcomes, including the dreaded Tommy John surgery. However, that option is not on the table now as the newcomer is already throwing without problems.

About 10 days ago, the Mets’ pitcher, who came to the team via trade alongside Francisco Lindor, reported some minor soreness in his pitching elbow after throwing to hitters in the club’s spring training complex.

He rested for a few days and explained that it wasn’t overly concerning, which turned out to be true. He started throwing at a 75-feet distance this past weekend and progressed to throwing a bullpen session a couple of days ago.

The Mets think he will be ready

Now, the Mets’ starter, who expects to be ready for the first week of the season (he will take the ball in the third or fourth game of the regular campaign) pitched in a simulated game Thursday in Mets camp according to Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News.

It marked the first time in 10 days, since he reported his minor elbow issue, that Carrasco faced live hitters, and he didn’t report any setbacks, soreness, or inconveniences shortly after the session, which is excellent news for the Mets.

The plan, if he goes through the day without further complications, is for Carrasco to advance to Grapefruit League action in the next few days, as he needs to test his elbow in games before thinking about joining the Mets’ Opening Day roster.

The 33-year-old Carrasco had already reported late to camp as he underwent tests and screening, but it appears that he is well on his way to being ready to start the season, just as he predicted.