Mets optimistic that Carlos Carrasco can return before Memorial Day

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Carlos Carrasco winds up to pitch at 2021 Mets spring training
Carlos Carrasco winds up to pitch at 2021 Mets spring training

The Mets received some bad news on Thursday when an MRI revealed that Carlos Carrasco had suffered a tear in his right hamstring.

While initial reports indicated that Carrasco could be sidelined completely for 6-8 weeks, before then needing even more time to fully ramp up to being game-ready, SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets on Friday were optimistic that Carrasco can return before Memorial Day,

That timeline could see Carrasco back on the field with his Mets teammates and fully ready to go in around 10 weeks.

Getting Carrasco back before June would certainly be a nice piece for the Mets, who are also hopeful that Noah Syndergaard can make his return to the rubber around that time as well.

Without Carrasco available for Opening Day, the Mets will likely begin the year with Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Taijuan Walker as the first three in the order, followed by some two-man combination of David Peterson, Joey Lucchesi, and Jordan Yamamoto.

"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.”

There’s no doubt that a healthy Carrasco would be a huge asset for the Mets, as the 11-year veteran has a career 3.77 ERA and is coming off of a strong year, pitching to a 2.91 ERA in 2020.