Mets move Carlos Carrasco to 60-day IL, significantly pushing back his return

The New York Mets had been suffering some nagging, annoying injuries lately. Starters Marcus Stroman and Jacob deGrom were banged up in the last few days, but fortunately, neither issue evolved, but third baseman JD Davis and outfielder Brandon Nimmo were placed on the 10-day injured list with hand ailments.

The Mets had hoped to have starter Carlos Carrasco back by next week. The righty had suffered a high grade hamstring tear in mid-March and was given a 6-8 week timetable. There was hope the team could have him back for mid-May, but that is not happening now.

The Mets placed Carrasco on the 60-day injured list, preventing a return to action before May 31. It is a considerable blow for a franchise that needs that fifth starter, since Joey Lucchesi hasn’t been able to establish himself.

The Mets insist that Carrasco did not suffer a setback, and instead, they want to take things extremely slow with the starter. They want to avoid scenarios in which he can aggravate the injury.

The Mets’ pitcher hasn’t recovered as hoped

Carrasco, according to the team’s official page, hasn’t been able to push the muscle as much as he would like.

He has been pitching in simulated games and is reportedly stretched out to six innings. However, the Mets want to see him field his position without any type of hesitation, and that requires full confidence on the muscle.

The Mets pushed Carrasco in workouts this month, but his hamstring did not respond as well as they had hoped.

“He has done everything … it’s just right now, he hasn’t done it at game speed,” manager Luis Rojas said. “We still want to do that a little more before he joins us, and still take it with care.”

Now, Carrasco will make at least two rehab starts before rejoining the Mets. “We reassessed the timeline,” Rojas said. “There are some things we still want to test on the field.”

Mets: JD Davis lands back on the injured list; Carrasco to stretch out to six innings

JD Davis has been, without a question, one of the most productive hitters in the New York Mets’ roster, with a .390 average and a couple of home runs. The problem is that he hasn’t been able to be on the field much recently, and the team just put him on the 10-day injured list on Monday for the second time already.

The Mets’ third baseman is nursing a left hand sprain. Davis had to leave Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies with the injury, and hasn’t played since. Now, he will be on the shelf for a few more days as he recovers from the issue.

“We’re still evaluating him just to see what he can do out there with that sprain that he has in his hand,” Mets’ manager Luis Rojas said of Davis. “But they’re both in a similar spot as they were yesterday.”

In the previous sentence, Rojas is also referring to Nimmo, who also had to leave Saturday’s tilt with a finger injury.

“Nimmo is better,” Rojas said. “Improving, but slowly. Not able to start. … His availability out of the bench, we shall see.”

In fact, Nimmo appeared as a defensive substitution on Sunday, but didn’t show up on Monday’s box score in the Mets’ loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, he, unlike Davis, was able to avoid the injured list, at least for the time being. He is expected to retake his leadoff spot in the next few days.

Could the Mets have Carrasco back soon?

In other injury news, Mets’ starter Carlos Carrasco, who has been out the whole season to this point while nursing a high-grade hamstring tear, is about to return.

The right-hander, who came from Cleveland alongside Francisco Lindor, will stretch to six innings today in Port St. Lucie.

If everything goes well, he could either debut with the Mets in his next start or pitch one last tune-up with a minor league affiliate, according to what Rojas told SNY.

He could theoretically replace Joey Lucchesi, who was battered on Monday.

Mets’ Carlos Carrasco is stretched out to five innings and may only need one additional rehab start

In a mildly surprising turn of events, all NL East teams have a sub-.500 record entering Friday. The New York Mets are currently in third place with a 9-10 mark and a .474 winning percentage. Most of the problems have been associated with the offense, or lack thereof.

The pitching rotation hasn’t been a problem so far. The Mets, thankfully, have quite possibly the best pitcher in the planet in Jacob deGrom, and the other components have also been good: Marcus Stroman has a 2.22 ERA, Taijuan Walker is at 2.14, while David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi have been competent even if the numbers don’t fully agree.

Yet, the Mets gave up important assets to acquire Carlos Carrasco, together with Francisco Lindor, in January. The injured starter has been rehabbing a hamstring tear for a few weeks now, but could be on the verge of returning if we judge his last few steps.

The Mets are on the verge of getting Carrasco back

Mets’ MLB beat writer Anthony DiComo recently reported that Carrasco pitched five innings during a rehab game on Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He suffered his torn right hamstring in the middle of March and was given a 6-8 week timetable.

According to SNY, Carrasco could possibly be activated from the injured list after one more rehab start. That would be a dream scenario for the Mets, which would benefit from his steady veteran right arm.

Mets manager Luis Rojas had said on April 15, after Carrasco stretched out to four innings, that he was still considered “week-to-week.” And while his return isn’t imminent, it could happen in the first half of May.

Carrasco can be lined up in the same turn as Lucchesi, considered the Mets’ fifth starter, and could potentially take his spot on May 9 if everything goes well, although it’s just speculation at this point.

New York Mets Injury Report (April 26, 2021)

The New York Mets have had relatively good luck with injuries to start the season and even saw a bullpen arm leave the injured list over the weekend. Drew Smith left the 10-day IL and went to the Mets alternate site. The right-handed reliever was dealing with shoulder soreness after having an excellent spring training. Smith only allowed one hit in three innings with the same number of strikeouts and figures to rejoin the bullpen when fully healthy.

Carlos Carrasco is progressing nicely from the hamstring tear he suffered in spring training. On Saturday, Carrasco pitched four innings without any issues for the second consecutive outing. Since Carrasco does not have any lingering problems, the focus has shifted toward getting himself ready to make a full start when he rejoins the roster. Manager Luis Rojas said Carrasco is expected to make his Mets debut during the second week of May.

Seth Lugo is being treated very carefully as he works his way back from elbow surgery. He has begun to throw bullpen sessions and expects to throw live bp within the next couple of weeks. The original timeline had Lugo set to return in June, but he can return towards the end of May at his current pace. Since Lugo’s focus is relief pitching, there is no need to ramp him up to throw more than two innings.

Thor Inching Back

On Saturday, Noah Syndergaard pitched in an intersquad game for the first time. Syndergaard’s fastball is not at 100 mph yet, but a stellar 97 is still plenty for Thor. Rojas and pitching coach Jeremy Hefner were pleased with what they saw in the one-inning outing. Syndergaard threw all of his pitches to the five batters he faced. For the next six weeks, Syndergaard will go through a regular spring training atmosphere to get himself ready to pitch every fifth day. If Syndergaard progresses as expected, he will return to the mound in mid-June.

Dellin Betances has proven to be the pitching version of Jed Lowrie as he landed on the 60-day IL with a right shoulder impingement. He made one appearance this season before heading to the IL. Betances struggled to find his velocity or the strike zone during the spring, making him impossible to use in any critical situation. Whether he is actually injured or not, the Mets are buying themselves time to determine if Betances actually has anything left in the tank.

Mets: Carlos Carrasco will start doing fielding work soon and is already stretched out to four innings

The New York Mets received some positive news regarding the injury of one of their most important players for the 2021 season. Pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who came from Cleveland via trade with his friend Francisco Lindor, will soon report to the team’s alternate training site to start doing some fielding drills, according to Anthony DiComo.

The Mets lost Carrasco, who is currently 34 years old, to a torn hamstring on March 18. He was recovering from a bout of right elbow soreness that he said was normal for him during spring training, but the high-grade hamstring tear put him out for at least six to eight weeks.

It would appear, however, that the Mets’ starter is progressing somewhat ahead of schedule. According to the latest reports, Carrasco is already stretched out to pitch four innings on the mound and “is doing really good right now,” per manager Luis Rojas.

The Mets are currently using Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, Taijuan Walker, and Joey Lucchesi in their rotation so far in the 2021 season. Once Carrasco is ready to return, Rojas will have to make a decision, although he has implied that he prefers a traditional five-man rotation.

The Mets hope to have Carrasco back before June

As for Carrasco, the Mets’ skipper has indicated that the organization is taking a “week-to-week” approach to make sure he doesn’t aggravate the injury. Hamstring injuries are extremely tricky to deal with, and the medical staff knows that.

Carrasco started a throwing program on March 29, roughly 11 days after suffering the hamstring injury. He has made sure his arm is ready to go whenever he leaves his leg ailment behind.

He was throwing his entire repertoire in a simulated game on April 4, when he threw a total of two innings. He is definitely trending in the right direction, and it looks like the Mets can have him back before June.

Canceling The Mets Opening Series Could Open Up The Starting Rotation

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The last 24 hours leading to Opening Day were a complete whirlwind for the New York Mets. At 11 p.m. on Wednesday, they announced the Francisco Lindor extension, which set the momentum going towards the following night’s game. 12 hours later, the disappointment of a postponed game quickly calmed down the positive vibes heading into the day.

The Mets knew there was at least one positive COVID case on Wednesday, but the announcement of two more on Thursday forced a postponement of game one. While the three positives do not affect the Mets roster, there could still be more lingering throughout the Nats clubhouse. The players in close contact also quarantine for a limited time. Even with a taxi squad, the Nats will need to make more roster moves to field a 26-man roster for their first game. They faced this same issue at the beginning of 2020 when Juan Soto missed time with a positive test.

Rotation Strength

For the Mets, we still know that Jacob deGrom will pitch the first game of the season, no matter when they play. At this point, it seems that they will open their season on Monday, April 5, in Philadelphia against the Phillies. It still allows Luis Rojas to set his 4-man rotation as he planned before the postponements. deGrom will be followed by Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, and Taijuan Walker before their off-day on Friday.

The Mets ace can return to the mound Saturday, and they can go all the way to April 14 without using a fifth starter. This would be one of two games in April where the Mets would need a fifth starter. After Joey Lucchesi‘s start on the 14th, they have the following two Mondays off. This allows deGrom to get his usual rest and sneak in an extra start out of it. The Mets also get the final Thursday in April off, which allows them to get back to the 4-man rotation for another week.

Not only does this help the current roster, but it helps the Mets on the shelf. Carlos Carrasco‘s absence will not feel as Lucchesi only has two April starts. The same could be said for Seth Lugo as they get an extra arm in the bullpen when Lucchesi goes more than his regular rest without making a start. Of course, we all want the Mets season to get started, but this is the best way to bring light to a dark situation.

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

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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.

Mets reportedly think they can have Carrasco back by Memorial Day

The New York Mets will be without one of their best starters, Carlos Carrasco, for at least a few weeks. He began experiencing mild elbow soreness early last week and had to stop his throwing program, but after a few days of rest, he had progressed all the way to live batting practice a couple of days ago.

Everything went fine when Carrasco, who the Mets acquired together with shortstop Francisco Lindor in January, threw to live hitters. However, it was a running drill afterward the one that took away the first few weeks of his season, as he suffered a right hamstring tear.

It was diagnosed as a high-grade tear, meaning that the Mets will have to be careful not to rush him back or he could aggravate the injury.

Yet, the Mets are optimistic that their top starter can be back on the mound soon. In fact, they hope they can get their pitcher back by Memorial Day (which is on May 31.)

The Mets are optimistic

Andy Martino of SNY reported that the Mets are confident Carrasco can be back before that date, despite the initial timetable of 6-8 weeks before he could ramp up to being game-ready.

If Martino is correct, the Mets could potentially have Carrasco locked and loaded, fully stretched out and ready to be on a major league mound in about 10 weeks.

With Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard out, the Mets will likely bump David Peterson into the rotation and have one of Joey Lucchesi and Jordan Yamamoto join Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Taijuan Walker.

“We have pretty good depth,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said Thursday. “Not only that but having a guy like [Jacob deGrom] and Marcus [Stroman] and [David] Peterson and guys that also have experience starting games for the last few years in camp definitely gives us a relief when something like this can happen.”

Mets: Everything you need to know about Carlos Carrasco’s latest injury and his expected recovery time

Just when it seemed like he had turned a corner with the elbow soreness he had reported about 10 days ago, New York Mets’ starter injured his right hamstring while doing running drills after throwing live batting practice on Thursday, and is now looking at several weeks on the shelf.

The exact diagnosis, after undergoing imaging, is a torn right hamstring and the Mets expect to have their starter back in about six to eight weeks. It is, indeed, a huge blow to the rotation depth, but one that the club will try to navigate through for the first couple of months of the campaign.

“It’s devastating, man,” teammate Marcus Stroman told MLB.com. “I see how hard Carrasco works, and, obviously, we need him in the rotation, I think, to be elite. I want him in the rotation badly. I know how special he is. I know how great he’s been for his career. So I’m hoping that … he proceeds through this and we can get him back fairly early.”

The Mets need to be careful with Carrasco

Carrasco, acquired by the Mets in January together with shortstop Francisco Lindor, had reported late to camp as he underwent additional imaging and tests related to his leukemia.

Last week, he had reported elbow soreness but said it wasn’t uncommon for him to feel that at this stage of the season, and vowed to be ready for the opening week. He was well on his way to do just that until he tore his hamstring.

A source told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that “these types of injuries can’t be rushed,” noting that the Mets will have to be careful with their pitcher to avoid any setbacks.

The Mets have the pitching depth to cope with Carrasco’s temporary absence, but it is, without a doubt, a considerable blow to the group, as he was expected to be a mid-rotation stalwart in Queens. He will, just not right now.

 

 

New York Mets: Carrasco’s Injury Overshadows 3-1 Loss to Nationals

New York Yankees, New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

Jed Lowrie may no longer steal money from the New York Mets, but his ghost still torments the organization. After recovering from an arm injury, Carlos Carrasco strained his right hamstring while conditioning. Carrasco is likely to be out for Opening Day, leaving the fifth starter job wide open.

As for the Mets on the field, their offense went quiet again in a 3-1 loss for the Nationals. Marcus Stroman continued to impress with five terrific innings. Stroman only allowed one run on two hits while striking out six Nats.

The Mets threw all major league ready arms after Stroman left the game. Jeurys Familia did not walk anyone but allowed a home run and a double during his one inning of work. Aaron Loup suffered a similar fate when he allowed a solo homer to Josh Bell in the seventh inning. Edwin Diaz and Trevor May were as good as advertised in their respective innings. Diaz worked out of a second and third jam while May pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with a strikeout.

James McCann drove in the lone run in the first with a double that scored J.D. Davis all the way from first base. Kevin Pillar took advantage of batting second to record two more hits to push his spring average up to .348. Luis Guillorme continued to prove his worth with another stellar defensive play. This one came at shortstop with a sliding stop to his backhand to record the groundout.

On Friday, Taijuan Walker takes the mound for the second time this spring. Walker gets to pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals for another 1:10 p.m. ET start on SNY.