New York Mets’ starting pitching depth takes yet another hit

New York Mets, Michael Wacha

The New York Mets‘ starting pitching depth took yet another crucial hit when it was announced that right-hander Michael Wacha was put in the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

Wacha was able to pitch on Friday against the Marlins, but reported the issue to the Mets’ medical staff shortly after. In that start, the former Cardinal allowed four runs over five innings, striking out nine batters but ultimately taking the loss.

“I’m trying to stay as optimistic as possible,” Wacha said to “After talking to the doctors, it seemed that it’s a pretty minor injury and nothing really long term. It’s definitely all a positive mindset on my end, and staying as optimistic as I can about getting back there in a timely way.”

In three games started this year and 14.0 innings covered, Wacha is 1-2 with a 6.43, but a much more decent 4.47 FIP. He has 18 strikeouts (11.57 per nine frames) and a 1.64 WHIP. He has been a bit homer-prone.

The Mets are still waiting on Stroman

The New York Mets are still without Marcus Stroman, who is on his way back from a left calf tear but is not quite ready yet. Let’s also remember that righty Noah Syndergaard is also on the shelf, but he won’t return this year, as he had elbow surgery back in late March.

Wacha has a long history of shoulder issues dating back to his Cardinals days, so this development is certainly worrisome for the Mets. However, he doesn’t expect to miss much more than a turn or two in the rotation if all goes well.

The development is certainly not ideal for the surging Mets. They only have Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Rick Porcello and David Peterson healthy, and the latter already replaced Stroman a couple of weeks ago.

As for possible candidates to replace Wacha in the rotation for however long he is out injured, the Mets have Walker Lockett, Corey Oswalt, Franklyn Kilome, Erasmo Ramírez and Ariel Jurado.

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