NEW YORK– The Mets could pick up a much-needed reinforcement in their rotation by the end of the month.
That’s right, starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (torn hamstring) was seen working the field Monday ahead of the Mets’ series with the Brewers.
Carrasco lined up a number of Grounders in front of the mound. He also trained to cover the first goal, and he looked good to do it. He seemed to be doing fine, which is a promising sign considering he’s coming out of a major hamstring problem.
According to manager Luis Rojas, Carrasco will launch a bullpen later in the week. And even if he will have to throw out a few more, if all goes well, he can then begin a rehabilitation mission.
Rojas and general manager Zack Scott reiterated that Carrasco won’t need to increase up to six innings to be activated. He will potentially only need to pitch three to four innings on his rehabilitation mission, before the Mets feel comfortable bringing him back.
As Rojas noted, Carrasco’s progress could set him up for a comeback in late July.
With the trade deadline approaching the end of July, the Mets are looking for a reliable spin starter backend.
At present, Scott and the Mets are considering Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgery), as a bonus if they get them back this season.
They will likely add another arm to the trading market, and rookie Tylor Megill has become a reliable starter.
With Carrasco and Syndergaard on the mend, the Mets rotation could get deep again by the end of the summer.
And speaking of Syndergaard, he just started playing flat court wrestling last week. The next step is for him to start getting rid of the slope in the next few weeks. The Mets expect him to return in September.
As for Wednesday’s Mets starting pitcher in the third and final game of their series with the Brewers, Rojas mentioned Robert Stock and Nick Tropeano as good candidates to get the ball.
Stock last pitched in the major leagues on June 16 for the Chicago Cubs, where he allowed the Mets five runs in four innings.
The Amazins claimed it shortly after June 22, before opting for the Triple-A Syracuse. And now Stock appears to be in line to start with their new team this week.