Mets’ Carlos Carrasco stays mentally strong after injury: “This is nothing for me”

Andres Chavez
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Mar 23, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; A view of the Grapefruit League logo on the hat of New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets’ pitching depth will be put to test for the first few weeks of the season, as they are set to enter the year without one of their best starters, right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

The Mets acquired Carrasco together with All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor in January, sending shortstops Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez plus two prospects to the Cleveland Indians.

Carrasco had reported late to spring training as he underwent additional imaging and testing related to his 2019 leukemia, and just when he was starting to ramp up, he suffered elbow soreness that had everybody in the Mets’ organization in fear.

However, he explained that wasn’t uncommon for him during spring training over the course of his career. But just when he was starting to build up arm strength again, he tore his right hamstring. The Mets have been adamant to put a timetable for his return, but according to MLB.com’s beat writer Anthony DiComo, they privately think he can make it back in 6-8 weeks.

The Mets are counting on him

Even the pitcher himself doesn’t know when he will be back exactly, but he is not letting the series of injuries affect his mindset.

The Mets know that they brought a fighter into the fold. During his life, Carrasco has recovered from leukemia and heart issues. He learned how to be patient and disciplined, and knows he will be back eventually.

“If something happens, it’s going to happen,” Carrasco said. “I’ve been through a lot. My elbow, my hamstring is nothing for me. I’ve been through worse with my leukemia, all that kind of stuff. This is nothing for me.”

Carrasco, 34, pitched very well for the Cleveland Indians in 2020, with a 2.91 ERA in 68 frames, and a 10.85 K/9 mark. He has been a fantastic starter during the course of his career, with a 3.77 ERA.