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Carlos Carrasco can't catch a break.
Just as the veteran right-hander is ramping up to make sure he is ready for his first turn in the Mets' rotation, he suffers a right hamstring injury after throwing batting practice on Thursday, the team announced.
The Mets announced the injury as a strain, but multiple reports now classify the injury as a hamstring tear, with SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino reporting that Carrasco's recovery timeline could be about 6-8 weeks.
The injury came about during the conditioning portion of the workout, as pitching went off without a hitch.
After dealing with elbow soreness, Carrasco said that he would definitely be ready for his first turn. With this injury, it's hard to imagine Carrasco will be good to go with Opening Day only a couple of weeks away.
"That’s out of my hands there but first we’ll have to wait with Carlos, the timeline and everything going on there. The grade of the pull," manager Luis Rojas said when addressing the Carrasco situation after the Mets' loss to the Nats in spring training on Thursday.
"We have pretty good depth. 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. You think of a lot of things, but you have to wait for the results of the MRI and see what the timeline is to get a better grasp of how things shape up.”
Rojas added that he saw Carrasco once he learned of the news, and the righty didn't have really any emotions about the situation. He was just as focused on the results of his tests to see how long he will be out for.
Luckily, as Rojas did point out, the Mets can weather the storm here because they have the pitching depth to deal with it. Guys like Joey Lucchesi or Jordan Yamamoto can slot in for Carrasco.