Mets' Carlos Carrasco discusses first rehab start: 'Everything feels great and I’m really happy'

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Mets injured starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco works out in the outfield in 2021
Mets injured starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco works out in the outfield in 2021

Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco made his first rehab start with High-A Brooklyn on Thursday night as he works his way back from a torn right hamstring.

The 34-year-old allowed just one hit and struck out two batters over 2.0 IP and 27 pitches in his outing. After the rehab start, Carrasco spoke to reporters about building up his strength and working towards pitching at Citi Field soon.

On getting stronger in workouts

“At this point right now, my first game after three months, it feels great. I can’t wait to go back and pitch in Citi Field," Carrasco said.

How comfortable he was in first rehab start

"Fastball was good, the breaking ball, everything’s good. But more importantly, my hamstring feels great. I’m able to do everything, before the game I was doing everything that I was supposed to do – running, pitching today, everything feels great and I’m really happy," Carrasco said.

What's it like being back on the mound

"I'm super, super excited," Carrasco said. "This is my first game, can't wait to get back on the mound at Citi Field and help the team win. That's what we're looking for. This is the first one, the first step, and we go from here."

What's next

"The only thing that I know is coming tomorrow, do my workout, and the next day bullpen after that," Carrasco said. "So I just need to wait for the trainers to guide me through everyday what I need to do."

On potentially returning early

"You know what, I think the first step what we did today was really good, it's really important," Carrasco said. "I just want to be there and pitch. At the same time, I need to follow all the schedule they have for me, they write it down. Like tomorrow, I have to come in here to work out and throw my bullpen. And we'll see what the next step. I just want to be there and help the team, that's what I want."

On watching the Mets this season

"It's unbelievable, the way they're playing right now, the way they're pitching is really good," Carrasco said. "Like I said before, I can't wait to go there and pitch. It's coming soon, I'm really close. More importantly, everything's feeling fine and can't wait to go there."

Pitching to Francisco Alvarez

"He's really good, he's gonna be good," Carrasco said. "He's really smart too, I like the way he thinks. I like the way he looks at every inning, every hitter, every swing. I think that's really important because those guys are the ones who follow the game and they see everything... He's in a really good spot man, I really like the way he catches."